Tourism is one of Ireland’s vital industries. Up to 200,000 people work in the wider tourism and hospitality industry. Over 6.5 million overseas visitors are attracted annually, contributing €4.3 billion to the Irish economy. A further 7 million domestic trips generate €1.3 billion. When combined the tourism industry generated €5.6 billion revenue in 2013. Of this amount, it is estimated that €1.4 billion directly benefits the Exchequer through taxation.