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Date Last Updated: 27-04-2017

Survey Name:

Tourism and Travel

Survey purpose:

The Passenger Card Inquiry collects information on purpose of journey, country of residence, expenditure, length of stay (for overseas passengers travelling into and out of Ireland) and type of accommodation used (for overseas travellers to Ireland).

Legislative Basis National:

Not applicable

Legislative Basis European:

Regulation (EU) No 692/2011 of the European Parliament

Periodicity:

Quarterly

Statistical Population:

All passengers on overseas flights and sailings travelling into and out of Ireland.

Sampling Frame:

The Passenger Card Inquiry is a continuous sample survey of incoming and departing passengers. It is carried out at airports and seaports.

Reference Area:

Irish Residents Travelling Overseas - Total number of trips, average length of stay and expenditure are published for all Irish residents. Non Residents Inbound - Total number of trips, average length of stay and expenditure are published by the passengers' country of residence.

Time Coverage:

1976 - 2016

Base Period:

Not Applicable

Sector Coverage:

Not Applicable

Survey Size:

The effective sample size of the PCI was 165,000 passengers in 2016.

Principal Variables:

Travel details - purpose of journey, ticket type, country of residence, expenditure, length of stay, route, mode of transport, fare payment details (for passengers travelling into and out of Ireland) and type of accommodation used (for overseas travellers to Ireland).

Principal External Users:

Failte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, National Accounts, Balance of Payments, Eurostat, Government, Economists, Academics.

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Business Statistics

Contact Person:

Mairead Griffin

Contact Person Function:

Statistician

Other Business Area Specialists:

Margaret Power

Contact email:

Tourism@cso.ie

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000