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This chapter presents information on the tourism sector of the Irish economy. The tourism and travel information covers earnings and expenditure from tourism and travel as well as detailing the number of trips to Ireland classified by area of residence and reason for journey. Details of foreign and domestic travel by Irish residents classified by region visited and reason for journey are also included.

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18.1 Overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents - number of trips, average length of stay and expenditure by area of residence, 2011 - 2014
     
'000
 2011201220132014
     
Total overseas trips to Ireland6,5056,5176,9867,604
Great Britain2,8782,7742,9293,164
France401396434456
Germany423448483557
Italy220252234258
Other Europe1,2391,2511,3121,368
USA & Canada9871,0171,1581,329
Australia & New Zealand141155187190
All other areas216223248284
    Nights
Average length of stay in Ireland7.77.47.37.2
Great Britain4.84.64.74.5
France10.39.28.98.8
Germany9.39.09.69.5
Italy9.59.59.09.5
Other Europe10.29.18.89.0
USA & Canada8.88.58.27.4
Australia & New Zealand11.711.611.812.5
All other areas15.413.914.114.8
    €million
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding fares)2,8992,9163,2623,548
Great Britain830819847885
France197189200202
Germany241227286334
Italy102108119132
Other Europe580544629639
USA & Canada679742822935
Australia & New Zealand117133168177
All other areas154155191244
Source: CSO

 

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In 2014, 7.6 million overseas trips were made by non-residents to Ireland compared to 7.0 million trips in 2013, an increase of 8.9%.  Residents of Great Britain took almost 3.2 million trips to Ireland during 2014, an increase of 235,000 trips (8.0%) compared to 2013. The average length of stay in Ireland by all overseas travellers fell marginally from 7.3 nights in 2013 to 7.2 nights in 2014.  The most important overseas markets in terms of non-fare expenditure within Ireland in 2014 were USA and Canada (26.4%) and Great Britain (24.9%).

Overseas Trips, 2014
Great Britain41.6
France, Germany, Italy16.7
Other Europe18
USA and Canada17.5
Other Areas6.2
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18.2 Overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents - number of trips, average length of stay and expenditure by reason for journey, 2011 - 2014
     
'000
 2011201220132014
Total overseas trips to Ireland6,5056,5176,9867,604
Business1,0981,1821,2421,282
Visit to friends/relatives1,9731,8182,0152,209
Holiday/leisure/recreation2,7282,8323,0593,324
Other 705685670789
Nights
Average length of stay in Ireland7.77.47.37.2
Business5.15.05.45.6
Visit to friends/relatives7.57.37.37.4
Holiday/leisure/recreation6.96.66.66.6
Other 15.614.814.012.1
€million
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding fares)2,8992,9163,2623,548
Business478529580587
Visit to friends/relatives641588670784
Holiday/leisure/recreation1,4571,5131,6871,823
Other 324287324353
Source: CSO

 

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The number of overseas trips to Ireland for the purpose of holiday/leisure/recreation increased by 265,000 trips between 2013 and 2014, to over 3.3 million trips, a rise of 8.7%. During the same period, the number of trips to visit friends and relatives rose by 194,000 trips to 2.2 million trips, an increase of 9.6%.

Excluding fares, expenditure by overseas travellers increased by 8.8% in 2014, from €3,262 million in 2013 to €3,548 million. Of this €3,548 million, 51.4% was spent by overseas travellers for holiday/leisure/recreation purposes, 22.1% by those travelling to visit friends and relatives, 16.5% by business travellers and the remaining 9.9% by those travelling for ‘Other’ reasons.

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18.3 Outbound travel (overnight trips) by Irish residents - number of trips, number of nights, average length of stay and expenditure by region visited, 2010 - 2014
      
'000
 201020112012120132014
Total outbound - trips6,9176,5146,6006,5796,676
EU25,7975,5635,6735,5965,725
Other Europe3281222202205157
North America452410370405446
Central, South & Other Americas6256694030
Asia & Middle East163127165127165
Africa11070588682
Australia, New Zealand & Oceania52666411972
      
Total outbound - nights57,47354,01453,04652,07853,635
EU242,23540,03839,71037,28140,161
Other Europe32,3691,9661,4441,8791,523
North America5,9475,7255,5765,4556,337
Central, South & Other Americas825904985480494
Asia & Middle East3,0012,2322,7552,3952,327
Africa1,5821,3449849101,111
Australia, New Zealand & Oceania1,5151,8051,5923,6781,682
Nights
Average length of stay8.38.38.07.98.0
EU27.37.27.06.77.0
Other Europe38.48.87.29.29.7
North America13.114.015.113.514.2
Central, South & Other Americas13.216.114.311.916.6
Asia & Middle East18.417.516.718.914.1
Africa14.419.317.010.613.5
Australia, New Zealand & Oceania29.027.525.031.023.3
€million
Total outbound - expenditure5,895.75,408.15,345.25,392.55,598.2
EU23,901.53,628.63,674.23,504.13,880.8
Other Europe3237.4202.2148.1186.9171.1
North America876.5785.1760.4791.1846.8
Central, South & Other Americas150.7127.3135.779.472.5
Asia & Middle East411.9332.7344.2343.1346.9
Africa182.6136.6104.7110.8128.1
Australia, New Zealand & Oceania135.1195.6178.0377.0152.2
1From 2012 onwards expenditure includes expenditure on car imports in the region of €150m for the year
2From 1st July 2013, EU includes Croatia
3Other Europe includes Croatia until the 30th June 2013
Source: CSO

 

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Almost 6.7 million outbound trips were undertaken by Irish residents in 2014. The average length of stay on outbound trips was 8.0 nights, varying from 7.0 nights within the European Union, 14.2 nights in North America and 23.3 nights in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Irish residents spent a total of €5,598.2 million on outbound trips during 2014, over two thirds (69%) of this expenditure was spent within the European Union.

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18.4 Domestic travel (overnight trips) by Irish residents - number of trips, number of nights, average length of stay and expenditure by reason for journey, 2010 - 2014
      
'000
 20102011201220132014
Total domestic - trips7,3007,1697,0317,1117,354
Holiday3,9783,6963,3743,4603,583
Business370350322341402
Visiting friends/relatives1,9972,2312,3742,4522,423
Education & training12983118109100
Sporting events237238254223305
Work/looking for work113121996764
Other1476449489459478
      
Total domestic - nights22,54021,62820,12020,64921,204
Holiday13,98112,97210,77711,93311,572
Business672586621558794
Visiting friends/relatives5,3465,8176,1946,0466,356
Education & training672395689500498
Sporting events478524509423575
Work/looking for work275307336197218
Other11,1151,0289949931,191
Nights
Average length of stay3.13.02.92.92.9
Holiday3.53.53.23.43.2
Business1.81.71.91.62.0
Visiting friends/relatives2.72.62.62.52.6
Education & training5.24.75.84.65.0
Sporting events2.02.22.01.91.9
Work/looking for work2.42.53.42.93.4
Other12.32.32.02.22.5
€million
Total domestic - expenditure1,560.51,415.91,345.41,373.21,464.0
Holiday971.9864.9784.8840.3852.0
Business85.976.975.778.498.3
Visiting friends/relatives270.5265.9269.6266.7302.2
Education & training40.526.535.533.130.0
Sporting events54.151.049.243.553.8
Work/looking for work19.523.428.713.512.8
Other1118.1107.2101.997.7114.9
1Other includes Health & Medical, Religious, Shopping and other reasons not elsewhere specified
Source: CSO
HolidayBusinessVisiting Friends/RelativesEducation and TrainingSporting EventsOther incl. Work/Looking for Work
201039783701997129237589
20113696350223183238571
201233743222374118254589
201334603412452109223526
201435834022423100305542

 

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In 2014, Irish residents took almost 7.4 million domestic trips. The average length of stay for domestic trips was 2.9 nights, resulting in a total of 21.2 million bed nights. Holidays accounted for almost half of all domestic trips (49%), while a third (33%) were to visit friends or relatives. Total expenditure by Irish residents on domestic trips for 2014 amounted to €1,464 million with holiday spend rising by 1.4% in 2014 to €852 million.

 

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