REVEALED: Waterford lags Wexford in South East tourism stakes

REVEALED: Waterford lags Wexford in South East tourism stakes

REVEALED: Waterford lags Wexford in South East tourism stakes

Figures from a Failte Ireland report have shown that Waterford lags some way behind neighbouring Wexford when it comes to attracting tourists. 

The figures show that 255,000 overseas visitors came to Waterford as part of their trip in 2017, generating €69 million for the local economy. While this was more than Wexford 232,000 overseas visitors and €61 million revenue boost, the figures show that domestic tourists are almost twice as likely to visit Wexford as Waterford. 

327,000 homegrown trips were made to Waterford in 2017, generating €58 million for the economy, but 654,000 homegrown trips were made to Wexford, raising a whopping €146 million for their economy.

These numbers bring Wexford's total tourism revenue above Waterford, despite the Déise bringing in 23,000 more overseas tourists per year. Wexford's total tourism revenue in 2017 was €207 million while Waterford stood at €127 million.

Waterford was second for tourism revenue in 2017 in the South East standing, comfortably bringing in more revenue than Carlow's €81 million, Kilkenny's €94 million and Tipperary South's €88 million.

The Déise, however, still lags well behind the big hitters. It was revealed that Dublin still enjoys the largest share of the tourism pot with 5.9 million overseas visited making their way to the capital in 2017, spending a whopping €2 billion.

Galway, Cork and Kerry enjoy over one million overseas visitors a year, while counties like Clare also performed very well in the figures which were produced using a Fáilte Ireland survey of 10,000 overseas travellers and data provided by the Central Statistics Office and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.


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