Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Gathering visits brought 170m euro

An extra 170 million euro was raised through visitors to the Gathering, the homecoming festival catching a quarter of a million tourists

An extra 170 million euro (£142m) was raised through visitors attracted by the Gathering.

The homecoming festival contributed a quarter of a million tourists during a "bumper" year for Ireland, according to the Government.

Tourism minister Leo Varadkar said: "The Gathering has been a fantastic experience and a great success. It's delivered the results we were looking for, giving a vital boost to tourism and employment.

"It helped to restore Ireland's status as a premier tourism destination and it strengthened links with the diaspora."

Some markets like the US have seen double digit growth.

As part of the Gathering, a series of events was held to attract those with links to the country back from abroad.

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