Visitor numbers to local region falls but plans in place to increase overseas tourists

The fall in the number of overseas visitors to the border region and midlands last year is being linked to Britain’s exit from the EU.

Figures from Failte Ireland show 746,000 international tourists visited the border region last year, compared to 815,000 in the previous year – resulting in a loss of about €15 million in revenue – where all other regions increased.

In the Border Region, Monaghan was the county that saw the second lowest number of foreign visitors, and the least domestic or Irish tourists.

Cavan saw 107,000 overseas visitors last year and 206,000 Irish visitors in 2017.

Conor McMahon from Fora.ie told Northern Sound News that there are plans and strategies in place to improve the visability of the local region.