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Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

Manchester, New...
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Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

To avoid crowds, but to see Ireland in longer days, we'd hoped to visit Ireland in May after the bank holiday (so should we avoid that entire week?), but I'm concerned that tourists might think, "We've been wanting to visit Ireland and the UK, let's do it this year" in order to be in London for the baby and/or wedding. Thoughts? I'm especially interested in anyone who has gone through prior royal wedding/baby seasons?

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Dublin, Ireland
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1. Re: Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

There are 9m tourists visiting Ireland each year, very few of these visit London at the same time, and few have the time to see both in any case. A lot of tourists would avoid London for such an event, so unless they choose to come to Ireland the effect will not be noticed.

Edited: 11 December 2017, 15:10
Dublin, Ireland
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2. Re: Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

I don't think any royal happenings will have an effect on tourists visiting Ireland.

Dingle, Ireland
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3. Re: Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

I can't see it having any effect on tourism here whatsoever. I don't even think it will have much of an effect in the UK. No one will get to see the baby and the wedding is not a big public London one like William's. Most people who are interested in the wedding will watch it on TV.

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4. Re: Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

We were in Ireland when Princess Charlotte was born and didn't even know about it until a few days after...

Limerick, Ireland
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5. Re: Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

Ireland is a completely different country to the UK. We won't have any days off or national proclamations.

If our current Prime Minister and his boyfriend decide to get married or have a baby, then there may be passing interest but that will be about the sum total of any excitement here.

County Cork, Ireland
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6. Re: Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

I really don't know how some couple having a baby in a different country will have any baring on things in Ireland nevermind affect tourism?

Belfast, United...
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7. Re: Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

A royal baby in London would have no effect on tourism even in London. A royal wedding in Windsor would have significant effect in Windsor but very little in London, never mind anywhere else in southern England.

Dublin
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8. Re: Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

Your holiday is far more likely to be affected by a local Irish couples's wedding reception at your hotel.

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9. Re: Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

The consensus in town is positive.

Manchester, New...
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10. Re: Royal baby & wedding- Ireland tourism bump?

Sincere thanks to all of you. I guess I wondered if some tourists in Ireland might think, "Hey, let's fly the short hop from Dublin to London to see if we can join the crowds." But it sounds as if most tourists in Ireland are there for Ireland- and that there isn't even a huge bump in England. So: May it is! ...And the point about weddings in Ireland is very well taken. We hope to start our trip on Sunday to avoid weddings in the first "leg" of our trip in County Kerry. Will that help?

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