The final Mayor of Cobh John Mulvihill Jnr has welcomed new figures
released by the Central Statistics Office, highlighting a marked
increase in the numbers visiting Ireland.
In the period March – May 2013 the total number of trips to Ireland
increased by 8.1% to 1,771,700, an overall increase of 132,000
compared with the same period last year. Trips by American to
Ireland increased by 12.6 per cent up to 282,300, while European
visitors (not including residents of Great Britain) increased by 9.6
per cent to 676,000, and trips to Ireland from residents elsewhere in
the world increased by 3.2 per cent to 87,000. Trips by residents of
Britain increased by 5.6% to 726,300.
In welcoming the figures, Cllr Mulvihill added, “the town of Cobh has
seen a huge increase in visitors and tourism is growing year on year.
The recent introduction by Cobh town council of a campervan bays is
just another piece in the Jigsaw that is ensuring Cobh benefits from
the increase in visitors to Ireland. I personally met tourist in the
campervan bays from Holland, France, Sweden England and Scotland in
the last three days alone, I asked them about their observation of
Cobh I was delighted to hear that they have never seen a better
setting, the beautiful harbour and cruise terminal, they love the
shops, eateries the local history centers and titanic trail and would
recommend it to their friends and family to visit.