Irish visitor numbers grew 9pc to USA in 2017

  • Irish visitor numbers grew 9pc to USA in 2017
  • US statistics have reused after discrepancies discovered

Revised US data suggests that visits from Ireland to the USA increased by 9pc last year.

The number of international travelers to the United States rose 0.7pc in 2017 compared to the previous year.  Growing markets were led by South Korea (+17.8pc), Brazil (+11pc), Argentina (+10pc), Ireland (+9pc), and Canada (+4.8pc ).

Publication of figures was suspended earlier this year due to data disc open acres with US citizens. The Washington based National Travel and Tourism Office resumed publishing international visitation and spending data with the announcement that the United States welcomed 76.9m international visitors into the country in 2017, who collectively spent a record-setting $251.4bn experiencing the United States, an increase of 2pc over 2016.

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The federal agency said in a written statement: these data reflect the resolution of underlying technical issues with a number of records received from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Customs and Border Protection, which led to the temporary suspension of publication of overseas arrivals data.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said “international travelers continue to set spending records visiting the United States, and I expect that trend to continue in 2018 spawning further job growth. The American tourism industry, which generated a trade surplus of  $77.4bn last year, continues to help drive our economy to new heights.”

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