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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Tourism and Travel

Quarter 3 2018

  Overseas trips to Ireland Trips by Irish residents overseas
‘000 ‘000
Reason for journeyJul - Sep 2017Jul - Sep 2018 Jul - Sep 2017Jul - Sep 2018
Business360333 177214
Visits to Friends/Relatives719766 455453
Holiday/Leisure/Recreation1,6321,802 1,8081,845
Other384430 5660
Total3,0963,331 2,4952,571

Overseas trips to Ireland increased by 7.6% for the period July to September 2018

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Overseas trips to Ireland:

  • The number of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents increased from 3.096 million in Quarter 3 2017 to 3.331 million trips in Quarter 3 2018 (+7.6%). See table 1.
  • The number of nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers increased by 4.3% in Quarter 3 2018 compared with the same period of the previous year, up from 23.6 million to 24.6 million. See table 4.
  • The average duration of overseas trips to Ireland fell from 7.6 nights in Quarter 3 2017 to 7.4 nights in Quarter 3 2018. See table 6.
  • Total tourism and travel earnings from overseas travellers to Ireland increased by 6.0% between Quarter 3 2017 and Quarter 3 2018, increasing from €2,287 million to €2,425 million. When fares are excluded, total expenditure increased from €1,736 million to €1,832 million, an increase of 5.5% over the period. See table 7.

 

Trips by Irish residents overseas:

  • In Quarter 3 2018, the number of trips made by Irish residents overseas increased by 3.0%, from 2.495 million trips in Quarter 3 2017 to 2.571 million. See table 8.
  • The average duration of overseas trips made by Irish residents decreased from 9.0 nights in Quarter 3 2017 to 8.9 nights in Quarter 3 2018. See table 9.
  • Total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas increased by 3.0%, up from €1,875 million in Quarter 3 2017 to €1,931 million in Quarter 3 2018. When all fares are included, total expenditure on overseas trips increased by 2.2%, from €2,362 million to €2,415 million. See table 10.