DUBLIN remains the top destination to visit in the Republic of Ireland, with a 60 per cent increase in summer holiday bookings, new data has revealed.
Travel agency Expedia, who compiled the results, took sample data from their search bar engine – it shows a general increase in tourism for the entire country.
Andy Washington, Managing Director for Expedia.ie said: ‘It’s really positive to see that bookings to Ireland for the start of summer are rising, not only in the last month, but also year on year.’
Galway takes second place with a 55 per cent increase on the same period last year while Killarney takes third at 49 per cent.
Figures pulled from 7 April to 22 May reveal that this year’s City of Culture, Limerick, factors in fourth position at 46 per cent – in joint place with Cork.
American tourists and the British are our top visitors, with travellers from Canada and Germany taking fourth and fifth position, respectively, after domestic bookings in third.
The rise in visitors are consistent with increases for St.Patrick’s Day and Valentines Day this year, which means the country is experiencing a boost in tourism.
In a different study, the capital ranks third among 35 cities for busking. Dublin shares the position with Milan and Prague while Mexico City is deemed the ‘least encouraging’ for street performers, as busking is illegal and can lead to imprisonment.
The report was commissioned by Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey and written by The Busking Project.
Project founder, Nick Broad said: ‘Busking is often overlooked as an industry tool, and yet it’s the most common way that artists can further their careers, practice their art and do what they love.
‘Busking has the potential to improve a city’s reputation as being a culturally vibrant place in which to live, work and visit.’
The rankings were based on a country’s efforts to suppress street performances – Dublin ranked high for its ‘relaxed managerial approach’.