Visitors Discover Ireland and its Thriving Tourism Industry

Tourism and the Economy Tourism is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry and it is directly responsible for more than 4% of our Gross National Product (GNP). An estimated 200,000 people are employed in the tourism industry in Ireland and 25% more people will be working in the tourism industry by the end of this year.Such is the value of the industry to the Irish economy that it generated €5.7 billion euro in revenue for the economy in 2013 and €1.4 billon euro directly benefits the exchequer through taxation.Overseas Visitors More than 6.7 million overseas visitors came to Ireland in 2013 which showed a 7% growth up from 2012. While they were here, they spent €4.3 billion euro. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) published figures for the first half of 2014 f ... more
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The Kerry Way Ultra Challenge

Ironman’s, triathlon’s and ultimate endurance tests pushing human boundaries of skill, strength, resistance, flexibility and fitness to the limit, have been sweeping across the world and into Ireland. One such feat is the upcoming ‘Kerry Way Ultra’ a 180 kilometre race from September 5th to 6th around the official ‘Kerry Way’ trail.50 athletes will run non-stop along what is the longest signposted route in Ireland. It starts in Killarney outside the tourist office at 6am and is the equivalent of running 4.5 marathons consecutively. The race takes in part of the Wild Atlantic Way encircling the Iveragh Peninsula and around Ireland’s highest mountains and arguably most scenic views of rivers and lakes.Participants attempt this extreme runni ... more
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