Guinness Storehouse is still the most popular attraction
Guinness Storehouse was visited by over 1.7 million people last year
It was yet another record-breaking year for Guinness that is looking to expand
Construction on the Guinness Storehouse Hub is expected to begin soon
DUBLIN, Ireland - Witnessing another record-breaking year, the Guinness Storehouse maintained its title of being the most popular tourist attraction in Ireland.
The company said that it recorded a total of 1,711,281 visitors passing through its doors over the course of 2017, up from 1.5 million the year previous.
It said this brings the total number of visitors since it first opened in the year 2000 to 18 million.
Paul Carty, the Managing director said, “Our aim is to position Ireland and the Guinness Storehouse as a year-round, ‘must visit’ destination and to ensure that the contribution of overseas tourism to the economy continues to expand. This year we saw a strong market diversification and visitor growth from long-haul markets in Asia Pacific.”
The Guinness Storehouse said that it also released an independently-conducted survey of more than 500 visitors.
The survey found that 34 percent visitors said the attraction was crucial in their decision to visit Ireland.
According to the report, this translates in to an economic contribution of 361.2 million euros over one year.
The St James’s Gate attraction said that in 2018, it will witness a number of changes including a multi-million-euro expansion of its iconic Gravity Bar, which will reportedly double in size.
Further, construction of the Guinness Storehouse Hub is also expected to begin this year.
The Guinness Storehouse Hub will be located adjacent to the storehouse building and used for retail storage, as an employee hub and to house the Guinness archives.
Diageo has also announced plans to build a new whiskey distillery and develop an urban quarter at the site of the Guinness brewery.
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