Giant’s Causeway visitor growth in line with national statistics
Following the recent announcement by Tourism Ireland of a growth of over 7% in overseas visitors for January – March, we can confirm that these figures reflect visitor trends at the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Commenting on the figures, Alexandra Mehaffy, our Tourism Development Manager, said, 'Our overseas visitor numbers for the first quarter of the year show an increase of +7.62%, which is in line with those revealed by Tourism Ireland for the same period.
'These figures are important as they reinforce the strength of our world-class offering which is enjoyed by visitors from over 160 countries across the globe. Most importantly, we've seen growth in our off-season months as this is where we have opportunity for tourism to thrive.
'Reviewing the figures by market, we welcomed over 40% more visitors from Spain, with the US and Canada (+6.21%); Australia and New Zealand (+5.09%) and Italy (+1.75%) all showing market growth for the same period last year.
'However, our data also indicated that some of our key visitor markets, experienced a decline compared to the same period last year. For example, visitors from France and India were down and whilst Tourism Ireland recognised a slight increase in visitors from Britain, our data does not reflect this trend. As per Tourism Ireland we also recognise the impact of Brexit on outbound travel from Britain in addition to the fall in value of sterling, however we can also attribute this decline in part to the closure of our Visitor Centre on a number of occasions during the period of bad weather in January and February.
'With over one million visitors to the site last year, we have to manage our numbers and are committed to supporting a sustainable tourism offering so the Giant’s Causeway can be enjoyed by everyone for ever.'