New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of trips made to Ireland in February rose by 2.7%, despite a drop in the number of UK visitors coming here.

The CSO figures said the total number of trips to Ireland by overseas residents last month rose to 590,700, an increase of 15,400 compared to the same time last year.

Trips by visitors from Great Britain fell by 2% to 258,100, but this was offset by an increase in the number of trips made by residents of European Countries which rose by 3.4% to 208,900. 

Meanwhile, trips by residents of the US and Canada to Ireland jumped by 9% last month to 86,800, while trips to Ireland from Other Areas – including Africa and Australia – soared by 22.6% to 36,900. 

Today's CSO figures also show that the total number of overseas trips made by Irish residents in February increased by 13% to 556,300. 

Commenting on today's CSO figures Niall Gibbons, the CEO of Tourism Ireland, said the agency is very much aware of the continued uncertainty about Brexit and its impact on outbound travel from Britain. 

But he said that looking to the upcoming summer season, the country's air and sea access picture is very positive, with increases in the number of airline seats from Britain, Mainland Europe, North America and long-haul markets. 

"Our aim is to grow overseas tourism revenue this year to €6.5 billion, for the island of Ireland," Mr Gibbons added.