Donegal was the 10th most-visited county in Ireland by overseas tourists in 2017, according to new figures from Failte Ireland and CSO. Some 255,000 foreign tourists checked out the ‘Coolest Place’ last year and spent €82 million during their stay.However, the figure is a fall of 28,000 visitors from 2016, when 283,000 overseas travellers made Donegal their destination and spent €90 million. Overseas tourist visits to Ireland grew by 3.2% to 9 million in 2017, making it a record-breaking year for tourism nationally. Visitors spent a combined €4.9 billion during their visits.Irish residents took 9.6 million trips within Ireland and spent €1.9 billion last year. Domestic visitors took 376,000 trips to Donegal in 2017, spending €96 million on their travels.The number of local visitors is up by 2,000 from 2016, when 374,000 Irish residents’ trips were made to Donegal, spending €99.9million.The number one fee-charging attraction in Co. Donegal was Glenveagh Castle and Grounds, with 211,000 visitors exploring the national park in 2017. Malin Head Viewing Point and the Sliabh Liag Cliffs were Donegal’s top free attractions, attracting 172,329 and 164,546 visitors respectively.Overseas tourists from Britain to Ireland have fallen by 5.1% in the last year, while other markets continue to grow. Mainland Europe recorded growth of 5%. North American visitor numbers increased by 16.1%, with the long haul markets increasing by 14.2% in 2017.Donegal sees drop in number of overseas tourists visiting the ‘Coolest Place’ was last modified: August 22nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Failte Irelandtourism
MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS• Salmon Creek, 7:15 a.m., Salmon Creek American Legion Post, 14011 N.E. 20th Ave., open to the public; free breakfast at 6 a.m.• Camas, 9 a.m., Camas Cemetery, 630 N.E. Oak St., with ceremony led by Boy Scouts.• Ridgefield, 9 a.m., Ridgefield Cemetery, Cemetery Road, with ceremony led by Ridgefield and La Center American Legion posts.• La Center, 11 a.m., La Center Cemetery, Highland Road, with ceremony led by Ridgefield and La Center American Legion posts.• Vancouver, 11 a.m., Clark County War Memorial, Vancouver Barracks, Fort Vancouver Way and McClellan Road; keynote speaker is Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan.• Vancouver, 11 a.m., Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 N.E. 112th Ave., with American Veterans Honor Guard, Boy Scouts and Vancouver Community Concert Band.• Washougal, 11 a.m., Washougal Memorial Cemetery, 3329 Q St., with ceremony presented by American Legion Post 122.• Vancouver, 12:30 p.m., American Legion Post 14, 4607 N.E. St. James Road, lunch from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., free to all veterans.What’s open and what’s closed on Memorial Day:• MAIL: Post offices closed. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year. No home delivery except Express Mail.• GARBAGE: Waste Connections, in Vancouver and most of Clark County, operates on its regular schedule. In Camas, normal Monday collections will be made Tuesday with that day’s regular collections.