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Tourism and Travel

Quarter 1 2019

  Overseas trips to Ireland Trips by Irish residents overseas
‘000 ‘000
Reason for journeyJan - Mar 2018Jan - Mar 2019 Jan - Mar 2018Jan - Mar 2019
Business351390 231252
Visits to Friends/Relatives529543 404425
Holiday/Leisure/Recreation796827 9281,013
Other244267 3738
Total1,9212,027 1,5991,727

Overseas trips to Ireland increased by 5.5% for the period January to March 2019

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Overseas trips to Ireland:

  • The number of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents increased from 1.921 million in Quarter 1 2018 to 2.027 million trips in Quarter 1 2019 (+5.5%). See table 1.
  • The number of nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers decreased by 3.2% in Quarter 1 2019 compared with the same period of the previous year, down from 12.5 million to 12.1 million. See table 4.
  • The average duration of overseas trips to Ireland dropped from 6.5 nights in Quarter 1 2018 to 6.0 nights in Quarter 1 2019. See table 6.
  • Total tourism and travel earnings from overseas travellers to Ireland decreased by 4.6% between Quarter 1 2018 and Quarter 1 2019, decreasing from €1,079 million to €1,029 million. When fares are excluded, total expenditure decreased from €795 million to €763 million, a decrease of 4.0% over the period. See table 7.

 

Trips by Irish residents overseas:

  • In Quarter 1 2019, the number of trips made by Irish residents overseas increased by 8.0%, from 1.599 million trips in Quarter 1 2018 to 1.727 million. See table 8.
  • The average duration of overseas trips made by Irish residents increased from 6.2 nights in Quarter 1 2018 to 6.4 nights in Quarter 1 2019. See table 9.
  • Total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas increased by 20.3%, up from €1,047 million in Quarter 1 2018 to €1,260 million in Quarter 1 2019. When all fares are included, total expenditure on overseas trips increased by 14.9%, from €1,299 million to €1,492 million. See table 10.