Kerry Ranks High In List Of Counties With The Most Overseas Tourists

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KERRY has come fourth in a list of counties with the most overseas tourists published by Fáilte Ireland.

Just over one million foreign visitors came to Kerry last year, spending €234 million while they holidayed in the Kingdom.

Dublin, Cork and Galway all finished above Kerry, but when you take into account those counties have major cities and airports nearby, Kerry proves it’s one of Irish tourism’s heavy hitters with numerous attractions for visitors.

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Kerry has almost twice as many visitors as neighbours Clare and Limerick who trail in fifth and sixth respectively. Bringing up the rear for overseas visitors and revenue generated is Longford with just 30,000 travelling to the midlands county and €8m generated.

The figures do not take into account domestic tourists, just those that have come to Ireland from overseas, so it’s clear how important tourism is here to the local economy.

Oversees visitors by county 2015

  1. Dublin: 4,938,000
  2. Cork: 1,449,000
  3. Galway: 1,354,000
  4. Kerry: 1,026,000
  5. Clare: 597,000
  6. Limerick: 537,000
  7. Mayo: 302,000
  8. Donegal: 289,000
  9. Kilkenny: 267,000
  10. Waterford: 263,000
  11. Wicklow: 248,000
  12. Wexford: 221,000
  13. Kildare: 214,000
  14. Sligo: 186,000
  15. Tipperary: 180,000
  16. Cavan: 144,000
  17. Meath: 134,000
  18. Louth: 125,000
  19. Westmeath: 116,000
  20. Monaghan: 65,000
  21. Carlow: 62,000
  22. Laois & Leitrim: 57,000 each
  23. Offaly & Roscommon: 50,000 each
  24. Longford: 30,000

Overseas tourist revenue earned by county

  1. Dublin: €1,726m
  2. Cork: €558m
  3. Galway: €475m
  4. Kerry: €234m
  5. Limerick: €212m
  6. Clare: €127m
  7. Kildare: €89m
  8. Donegal: €83m
  9. Wicklow: €82m
  10. Mayo: €80m
  11. Waterford: €75m
  12. Tipperary: €66m
  13. Wexford: €65m
  14. Sligo: €51m
  15. Cavan: €50m
  16. Kilkenny: €45m
  17. Meath: €44m
  18. Louth & Westmeath: €36m each
  19. Carlow: €32m
  20. Monaghan: €25m
  21. Roscommon: €20m
  22. Laois: €18m
  23. Leitrim: €15m
  24. Offaly: €14m
  25. Longford: €8m

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