Clooney announcement sparks surge in Irish trip searches

georgeNews that George Clooney and his wife Amal are to visit Ireland this summer has prompted a surge in tourists searching for trips to the country according to a new survey.

New figures by Hotels.com show that searches for Dublin and Kilkenny, where the couple are rumoured to be visiting, soared in the 48 hours since a newspaper report revealed the newlyweds’ intentions of visiting George’s ancestral home.

The figures reveal that searches for Dublin on its UK site are up 139 per cent while Kilkenny has risen 62 per cent.

In George’s native US, searches for Kilkenny are up 73 per cent while Dublin is up 37 per cent compared to the same period last year. In Ireland, searches for Dublin have increased by 23 per cent while Kilkenny is up 18 per cent.

This is not the first time that George and Amal’s arrival has sparked a surge of interest in a particular location. In September the world’s press descended on Venice for their highly publicised nuptials. At the time Hotels.com reported an 89 per cent increase in hotel room searches for Venice on the Irish site over the course of the wedding weekend.

Lizann Peppard from Hotels.com said: “As one of the most famous couples in the world, the announcement that they plan to visit this summer is a huge boost for Irish tourism. The current figures on our site indicate that this visit has already piqued the interest of travellers from different countries with searches up from the US and UK, two very important markets for Ireland.”

“As we saw in Venicae last year, images of the city were beamed around the world and any visit to Ireland should also help showcase the country as a fantastic place to visit and encourage more visitors.”

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