Offaly second from bottom of the list for overseas visitors

Offaly attracted just 50,000 overseas visitors in 2015

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Offaly second from bottom of the list for overseas visitors

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Offaly ranked second from bottom of the list for overseas visitors by county for 2015 and also overseas tourist revenue earned by county for 2015.

According to the results of the Fáilte Ireland 2015 Survey of Overseas Travellers, Offaly and Roscommon attracted just 50,000 overseas visitors in 2015 with only Longford ranking behind them with 30,000 overseas visitors.

However while Roscommon and Offaly had the same number of visitors, Roscommon generated €20m in overseas tourist revenue compared to just €14m for Offaly. Only Longford ranked behind Offaly generating just €8m. Longford however will have the massive Centre Parcs development coming on stream in three years time.

Offaly's neighbouring counties performed better with Westmeath attracting 116,000 overseas visitors and generating €36m.
Laois attracted 57,000 visitors from overseas generating €18m.

The top four counties in terms of attracting visitors were Dublin (4.9 million), Cork (1.4 million), Galway (1.3 million) and Kerry 1,026,000.