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Dublin set to get 50m boost from St Patricks Day tourism

Tourists flocking to Ireland’s capital Dublin for the St Patrick’s Festival are set to give the city a €50m boost over the 5-day celebrations.

More than 120,000 tourists are set to attend the event, which runs from March 14th to 18th, with a total of 800,000 revellers enjoying a St Patrick’s Day parade, music and street performances and much more. Dublin Chamber of Commerce chief executive Gina Quin said:

“The St Patrick’s Festival is Dublin’s flagship annual event and it looks like this year could be the biggest yet.” The number of foreign visitors making their way to the Emerald Isle has risen steadily, with the total number of trips to Ireland rising to a figure of 1,248,300 between November 2012 and January 2013.

This figure represents an overall year-on-year increase of 52,900. Ms Quin argued that the positive figures highlighted the importance of reduced VAT rate for tourism services: “The decision to extend the lower rate of VAT at 9pc was particularly important, however, a commitment must be made to extend the application of the rate into 2014.

“One third of all hotel bednights are booked one year in advance, so providing a level of certainty on the VAT rate will allow the tourism industry to market this competitive advantage throughout 2013 in selling tourism products for 2014.” The coming week will see 19 ministers travel to 21 countries around St Patrick's Day as part of a "Promote Ireland" programme.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will travel to the US to meet President Obama in the White House, while Tánaiste and Minister Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore will also travel America, this time to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry. Mr Gilmore argued that St Patrick's Day events were an effective way to promote Ireland around the world. If you are heading to Ireland for St Patrick’s Day, or to any other destination in 2013, it is important to secure travel insurance whichever destination you are travelling to.

Date Created: 14 March 2013

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