Guinness Storehouse is tops for visitors to Dublin
Staff at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin were today raising a glass to celebrate the fact that their attraction is now the undisputed leader as Ireland’s most popular fee-paying international visitor attraction.
The well-known Dublin tourist site attracted record numbers for 2014 as 1,269,371 guests passed through its doors in 2014, breaking the record of 1,156,985 for the previous 12 months.
The nationalities who visited in largest numbers were from the US, UK, Ireland and France with August representing the busiest month of the year when almost 150,000 visitors came through the Guinness gates.
The Storehouse employs 150 staff and has welcomed 13 million visitors since first opening its doors in 2000.
It means that one in every two holidaymakers who come to Dublin visit the Storehouse with its Gravity Bar, the highest bar in Dublin city.
Overall, Ireland's popularity is on the rise as a tourist destination with 7.3 million visitors making it a six-year high in numbers. And tourist chiefs are confident an extra 400,000 will makes trips to the Emerald Isle in 2015.
Fresh figures show that overseas tourists spent just over €3.5 billion in Ireland this year. The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) said that this was a 9% increase on last year, amounting to €300 million, according to RTE radio’s on-line news site.
Chairman Paul Carty said the industry had amply demonstrated its resilience, having weathered several difficult years.
He estimated that tourism businesses employs in excess of 200,000 people, with 5,000 extra in the past year, and the prospect of a further 8,000 jobs being generated next year.
ITIC stressed that it was crucial that the Government financially supported the tourism industry so that the upwards graph could continue in that direction.
It said investment in transport, communications, air and sea ports was also essential to the industry remaining competitive and maximising the potential for growth.