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Guess how many people visited the Guinness Storehouse last year...

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MORE THAN 1.25 MILLION people visited the Guinness Storehouse in 2014 – a record-breaking number.

Some 1,269,371 guests passed through its doors over the last 12 months, breaking the previously held record of 1,156,985 in 2013.

This represents a 9.7% increase on the 2013 visitor numbers and means the Storehouse retains its position as Ireland’s most popular international visitor attraction.

Most of the visitors were American, British, Irish and French.

Overall, 93% of visitors were from overseas with the US (up 14% year on year), the UK (up 25%), Italy (up 14%) and Canada (up 27%) representing the biggest growth markets compared to 2013.

August was the busiest month with 148,683 visitors.

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Paul Carty, Managing Director of the Guinness Storehouse commented said today was a “very proud day” for the company.

“The tourist industry is providing solid back up growth for the economy and we are delighted to be at the forefront of this,” Carty stated.

Alex Connolly, Head of Communications for Fáilte Ireland said the Storehouse’s performance is “very welcome”.

“As we look at the year ahead, there is an appetite across the globe for authentic Irish experiences and we hope that the Guinness Storehouse and Irish tourism in general continue to perform to these levels,” Connolly added.

Tourists spent an average of €479 each in Ireland this year

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