Small and open, the Irish economy is supported by its strong exports and its ability to attract foreign investments (FDI).
Ireland still posted a record tourist attendance, up 10% of arrivals over the 10 first months of 2016. This growth also impacted tourism receipts: visitors spent €5.4 billion this year, a surge from 2015 marks (€4.2 billion).
The island also benefited from the positive consequences of ‘screen tourism’ following the latest Star Wars movie or several episodes of Game of Thrones (although the main filming location is in Northern Ireland). Recent tourist initiatives are also increasingly successful, such as the Wild Atlantic Way, focusing on the landscapes of the western coastline, and Ireland’s Ancient East, focusing on the cultural and historical aspects of the Celtic nation.
Global supply reached 15,064 rooms as of 2017.
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