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CSO statistical release, 14 June 2017, 11am

Tourism and Travel

Quarter 1 2017

  Overseas trips to Ireland Trips by Irish residents overseas
‘000 ‘000
Reason for journeyJan - Mar 2016Jan - Mar 2017 Jan - Mar 2016Jan - Mar 2017
Business364351 188236
Visits to Friends/Relatives555548 468441
Holiday/Leisure/Recreation691691 798855
Other175206 2337
Total1,7851,796 1,4781,569

Overseas trips to Ireland increased by 0.6% for the period January to March 2017

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The main results for Quarter 1 2017 are as follows:

Overseas trips to Ireland:

  • The number of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents increased from 1.785 million in Quarter 1 2016 to 1.796 million trips in Quarter 1 2017 (+0.6%). See table 1.
  • The number of nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers decreased by 4.1% in Quarter 1 2017 compared with the same period of the previous year, down from 11.6 million to 11.1 million. See table 4.
  • The average duration of overseas trips to Ireland fell  from  6.5 nights in Quarter 1 2016 to  6.2 nights in Quarter 1 2017. See table 6.
  • Total tourism and travel earnings from overseas travellers to Ireland increased by 1.4% between Quarter 1 2016 and Quarter 1 2017, increasing from €926 million to €939 million. When fares are excluded, total expenditure decreased from €693 million to €684 million, a decrease of 1.3% over the period. See table 7.

 

Trips by Irish residents overseas:

  • In Quarter 1 2017, the number of trips made by Irish residents overseas increased by 6.2%, from 1.478 million trips in Quarter 1 2016 to 1.569 million. See table 8.
  • The average duration of overseas trips made by Irish residents decreased from 7.2  nights in Quarter 1 2016 to 6.0 nights in Quarter 1 2017. See table 9.
  • Total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas decreased by 1.3%, down from €971 million in Quarter 1 2016 to €958 million in Quarter 1 2017. When all fares are included, total expenditure on overseas trips decreased by 0.7%, from €1,181 million to €1,173 million. See table 10.
Table 1 Number of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents classified by mode of travel, type of trip, route of travel, area of residence and reason for journey, 2014 - Quarter 1 2017
       '000
 201420152016 2016 2017
Trips
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-Mar
Total overseas trips to the Republic of Ireland7,6048,6439,584 1,7852,5993,0622,139 1,796
Trips by mode of travel           
    Air6,7457,7828,740 1,6662,3722,7081,995 1,702
    Sea860861844 118227354145 94
Trips by type          
    Same-day trips 7768941,157 190301372294 224
    Overnight trips 6,8287,7498,428 1,5942,2982,6891,846 1,572
Trips by route of travel          
    Cross channel3,9314,3794,757 1,0031,2601,4261,067 932
    Continental2,7803,0763,416 6119681,102735 623
    Transatlantic & Other Routes8941,1881,411 171371534336 241
Trips by area of residence          
    Great Britain3,1643,5473,924 8511,0141,148911 796
    France456505531 9816517198 107
    Germany557629652 104192223133 99
    Italy258321344 629612958 60
    Other Europe1,3681,5881,774 336476562400 329
    USA & Canada1,3291,5141,808 238520638412 293
    Australia & New Zealand190207204 31517349 35
    All other areas284331346 648611779 76
Trips by reason for journey          
    Business1,2821,4411,539 364434363378 351
    Visit to Friends/Relatives2,2092,2972,553 555632730636 548
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation3,3244,0014,388 6911,2571,574866 691
    Other 7899041,105 175276394259 206
Table 2 Percentage distribution of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents with at least one overnight in Ireland, cross classified by area of residence and reason for journey, Quarter 1 2016 and Quarter 1 2017
TripsReason for journey  
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017 Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017
Total trips with at least one overnight in Ireland ('000s)3132985405346746696772 1,5941,572
Area of residence (%)           
Great Britain4747545644381914 4745
France6544681013 56
Germany76547796 66
Italy43224595 44
Other Europe2123201718172935 2019
USA & Canada10118916191414 1214
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)6578461112 67
All residencies100100100100100100100100 100100
Table 2a Percentage distribution of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents with at least one overnight in Ireland, cross classified by area of residence and reason for journey, Years 2015 and 2016
TripsReason for journey  
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 20152016201520162015201620152016 20152016
Total trips with at least one overnight in Ireland ('000s)1,2521,3182,2382,4763,9084,251352383 7,7498,428
Area of residence (%)           
Great Britain4847585630311714 4040
France454487119 66
Germany6643111077 87
Italy3322541214 44
Other Europe2422171818183032 1919
USA & Canada9119923241516 1617
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)66776598 66
All residencies100100100100100100100100 100100
Table 3 Percentage distribution of overseas same-day trips to Ireland by non-residents cross classified by area of residence and reason for journey, Quarter 1 2016 and Quarter 1 2017
TripsReason for journey1  
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOtherTotal
 Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017
Total same-day trips (i.e. no overnight in Ireland) ('000s)515415151622108134190224
Area of residence (%)          
Great Britain81835045514637245142
Other Europe13112617141825242120
All other areas662538343738512838
All residencies100100100100100100100100100100
1 The contents of this table should be interpreted with caution due to small sample sizes.
Table 3a Percentage distribution of overseas same-day trips to Ireland by non-residents cross classified by area of residence and reason for journey, Years 2015 and 2016
TripsReason for journey1  
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOtherTotal
 2015201620152016201520162015201620152016
Total same-day trips (i.e. no overnight in Ireland) ('000s)1892205978931375527218941,157
Area of residence (%)
Great Britain83815252434736344846
Other Europe12122020151624222019
All other areas572928423740443235
All residencies100100100100100100100100100100
1 The contents of this table should be interpreted with caution due to small sample sizes.
Table 4 Number of bednights spent in Ireland by non-residents on overseas trips cross classified by type of accommodation used and area of residence, Quarter 1 2016 and Quarter 1 2017
           '000
BednightsArea of Residence   
Great BritainOther EuropeUSA & CanadaAll Other AreasTotal
 Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017 Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017
Type of accommodation used           
    Hotel948889950945620613191252 2,7082,700
    Guest House/B&B1611514104041761865191 798832
    Rented House/Apartment2401981,263941223206451454 2,1771,799
    Friends/Relatives1,3531,4251,4531,167364432626707 3,7973,730
    Other4944941,108979268313280302 2,1502,088
    Total3,1963,1575,1834,4361,6511,7501,5991,805 11,63011,148
Table 4a Number of bednights spent in Ireland by non-residents on overseas trips cross classified by type of accommodation used and area of residence, Years 2015 and 2016
           '000
BednightsArea of Residence   
Great BritainOther EuropeUSA & CanadaAll Other AreasTotal
 20152016201520162015201620152016 20152016
Type of accommodation used           
    Hotel4,3454,5546,5877,0885,0445,3851,3971,495 17,37518,522
    Guest House/B&B8841,0483,6294,0771,5892,080627649 6,7297,854
    Rented House/Apartment1,2991,3775,0455,3451,6051,7031,4781,962 9,42910,387
    Friends/Relatives6,1456,6745,2905,8861,7792,0362,5812,624 15,79417,219
    Other2,4972,7856,3036,6101,6401,8091,4601,213 11,90012,417
    Total15,17116,43726,85529,00611,65813,0137,5437,943 61,22866,399
Table 5 Number of bednights spent in Ireland by non-residents on overseas trips cross classified by type of accommodation used and reason for journey, Quarter 1 2016 and Quarter 1 2017
           '000
BednightsReason for journey   
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017 Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017
Type of accommodation used           
    Hotel8218313153541,4931,4487866 2,7082,700
    Guest House/B&B11575117118446474120165 798832
    Rented House/Apartment5464661681342902911,174908 2,1771,799
    Friends/Relatives1271433,0612,886469575139126 3,7973,730
    Other305242437560618608790677 2,1502,088
    Total1,9141,7574,0994,0533,3163,3962,3011,942 11,63011,148
Table 5a Number of bednights spent in Ireland by non-residents on overseas trips cross classified by type of accommodation used and reason for journey, Years 2015 and 2016
           '000
BednightsReason for journey   
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 20152016201520162015201620152016 20152016
Type of accommodation used           
    Hotel3,4713,8561,7941,76911,67612,369433528 17,37518,522
    Guest House/B&B4015076637954,6455,5491,0211,003 6,7297,854
    Rented House/Apartment1,8112,3008638522,2172,4434,5384,792 9,42910,387
    Friends/Relatives85188211,55812,7292,6212,844764764 15,79417,219
    Other1,1091,2181,9592,1984,8125,0254,0203,975 11,90012,417
    Total7,6448,76416,83718,34325,97028,23010,77611,062 61,22866,399
Table 6 Estimated average length of stay (nights) by non-residents on all overseas trips to Ireland classified by area of residence and reason for journey, 2014 - Quarter 1 2017
     Nights
 201420152016  2016 2017
Average length of stay
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-Mar
All overseas trips to Ireland 7.27.16.9  6.56.77.76.4 6.2
Trips by area of residence       
    Great Britain4.54.34.2  3.84.05.03.8 4.0
    France8.88.69.4  8.39.910.67.4 8.6
    Germany9.59.58.6  7.98.39.57.9 8.4
    Italy9.58.67.8  5.37.59.96.4 5.7
    Other Europe9.08.78.9  9.68.29.78.0 7.1
    USA & Canada7.47.77.2  6.96.77.47.7 6.0
    Australia & New Zealand12.512.312.5  14.212.511.912.3 15.8
    All other areas14.815.115.6  18.015.315.214.5 16.5
Trips by reason for journey       
    Business5.65.35.7  5.35.26.55.9 5.0
    Visit to Friends/Relatives7.47.37.2  7.46.68.26.4 7.4
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation6.66.56.4  4.86.37.75.5 4.9
    Other12.111.910.0  13.210.68.010.3 9.4
Table 6a Estimated average length of stay (nights) by non-residents on all overseas trips to Ireland cross classified by area of residence and reason for journey, Quarter 1 2016 and Quarter 1 2017
Nights
Average length of stayReason for journey  
 BusinessVisit to Friends/Relatives Holiday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017 Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017
Area of Residence           
Great Britain2.42.85.15.33.53.42.73.2 3.84.0
France6.88.96.07.85.64.820.823.9 8.38.6
Germany6.25.67.19.25.36.528.423.2 7.98.4
Italy4.07.37.35.73.54.210.511.1 5.35.7
Other Europe11.07.09.88.24.84.724.211.3 9.67.1
USA & Canada5.55.99.49.36.56.66.42.3 6.96.0
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)11.414.217.417.411.49.233.833.1 16.716.3
Total5.35.07.47.44.84.913.29.4 6.56.2
Table 6b Estimated average length of stay (nights) by non-residents on all overseas trips to Ireland cross classified by area of residence and reason for journey, Years 2015 and 2016
Nights
Average length of stayReason for journey  
 BusinessVisit to Friends/Relatives Holiday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 20152016201520162015201620152016 20152016
Area of Residence           
Great Britain2.72.85.45.34.54.32.21.7 4.34.2
France7.38.06.67.36.97.819.921.5 8.69.4
Germany7.26.68.06.88.28.229.118.2 9.58.6
Italy8.88.37.97.85.86.118.012.1 8.67.8
Other Europe8.310.48.68.46.66.617.516.3 8.78.9
USA & Canada6.75.79.79.47.67.37.05.9 7.77.2
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)11.512.016.515.99.09.728.230.0 14.014.4
Total5.35.77.37.26.56.411.910.0 7.16.9
Table 7 Expenditure by non-residents on overseas trips to Ireland classified by type of trip, area of residence, reason for journey and total overseas tourism and travel earnings, 2014 - Quarter 1 2017
     € million
 201420152016 2016 2017
Estimated expenditure
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-Mar
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding fares) (1)3,5484,2084,577 6931,2611,693930 684
Fare receipts of Irish carriers from overseas travellers to Ireland (2)1,1661,3221,487 1 233394548312 1 255 2
Total overseas tourism and travel earnings (1) + (2) 4,7145,5306,064 1 9261,6552,2411,242 1 939 2
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding fares) by trip type          
    Same-day trips413848 9141212 10
    Overnight trips3,5074,1694,529 6841,2471,680918 675
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding fares) by area of residence           
    Great Britain8859711,061 214269337241 198
    France202236274 429210338 51
    Germany334397388 4412215963 40
    Italy132153175 22448821 23
    Other Europe639771821 137208324151 121
    USA & Canada9351,1971,335 144394494303 152
    Australia & New Zealand177200204 31527645 38
    All other areas244283319 607911268 61
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding           
 fares) by reason for journey          
    Business587675724 148198186191 151
    Visit to Friends/Relatives 784803864 191199270204 185
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation1,8232,3302,547 2827381,073455 283
    Other353400443 7212716380 65
1 Final data.
2 Provisional data that may be subject to future revisions.
Table 7a Total expenditure (excl fares) by non-residents on overseas trips to Ireland cross classified by area of residence and reason for journey, Quarter 1 2016 and Quarter 1 2017
€ million
Estimated expenditureReason for journey   
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017 Jan-Mar 2016Jan-Mar 2017
Area of Residence
Great Britain48476873947455 214198
France896717241112 4251
Germany8887212075 4440
Italy454381263 2223
Other Europe3334392945392020 137121
USA & Canada293127307784127 144152
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)1918393721311314 9199
Total1481511911852822837265 693684
Table 7b Total expenditure (excl fares) by non-residents on overseas trips to Ireland cross classified by area of residence and reason for journey, Years 2015 and 2016
€ million
Estimated expenditureReason for journey   
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 20152016201520162015201620152016 20152016
Area of Residence           
Great Britain2262343163444034552528 9711,061
France263124291491753740 236274
Germany384327322952853828 397388
Italy2026161877844047 153175
Other Europe170161124143353391125126 771821
USA & Canada1121301361438699637998 1,1971,335
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)81991601541851945676 482524
Total6757248038642,3302,547400443 4,2084,577
Table 8 Number of overseas trips by Irish residents classified by mode of travel, type of trip, route of travel and reason for journey, 2014 - Quarter 1 2017
      '000
 201420152016 2016 2017
Trips
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-Dec Jan-Mar
Total overseas trips by Irish residents6,5146,9657,405 1,4781,9752,2531,6991,569
Trips by mode of travel         
     Air6,0596,5617,023 1,4251,8782,0851,6351,516
     Sea456404382 52971686453
Trips by type         
    Same-day trips 189184181 4245316459
    Overnight trips 6,3266,7817,224 1,4361,9312,2221,6351,509
Trips by route of travel         
    Cross channel2,5962,6172,683 617665716685673
    Continental3,5153,7724,142 7441,1671,362869779
    Transatlantic & Other Routes404577580 116143175145118
Trips by reason for journey         
    Business790890817 188236157236236
    Visit to Friends/Relatives1,5651,6841,751 468394430459441
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation4,0044,2094,563 7981,2741,589902855
    Other 156182273 237177102 37
Table 9 Estimated average length of stay (nights) by Irish residents on all overseas trips classified by route of travel and reason for journey, 2014 - Quarter 1 2017
      Nights
 201420152016 2016 2017
Average length of stay
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-Mar
All overseas trips by Irish residents8.17.67.6 7.27.19.46.06.0
Trips by route of travel     
    Cross channel5.95.05.0 4.94.66.44.04.5
    Continental9.48.48.6 7.98.010.57.06.9
    Transatlantic & Other Routes11.013.611.9 14.811.112.89.59.6
Trips by reason for journey         
    Business4.03.73.6 3.23.35.03.13.0
    Visit to Friends/Relatives7.26.85.8 7.24.96.15.05.6
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation9.18.68.9 8.18.210.87.57.1
    Other 11.18.47.5 7.110.98.84.2 6.6
Table 10 Estimated expenditure by Irish residents on overseas trips classified by reason for journey and total overseas tourism and travel expenditure, 2014 - Quarter 1 2017
     € million
 201420152016 2016 2017
Estimated expenditure
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-Mar
Total expenditure (including fares) (1)5,4425,8436,3501,1811,5532,2311,3851,173
Fare payments by Irish travellers abroad to Irish carriers (2)1,0741,1481,247 1210310460267 1215 2
Total overseas tourism and travel expenditure (1) - (2) 4,3684,6955,103 19711,2431,7711,118 1958 2
Total expenditure (including fares) by reason for journey        
    Business602650606125184128169152
    Visit to Friends/Relatives907968936250190244252236
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation3,8184,0894,6087941,1281,787899763
    Other 114136199 13517164 22
1 Final data.
2 Provisional data that may be subject to future revisions.
Table 11 Tourism and travel estimated earnings from non-residents on overseas trips to Ireland and expenditure by Irish residents on overseas trips, 2014 - Quarter 1 2017
     € million
Estimated earnings and expenditure201420152016 2016 2017
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-Mar
Overseas tourism and travel earnings from trips to Ireland4,7145,5306,064 1 9261,6552,2411,242 1939 2
Overseas tourism and travel expenditure by Irish travellers abroad 4,3684,6955,103 1 9711,2431,7711,118 1958 2
Tourism and travel balance346835961 1 -45412470124 1  -19 2
1 Final data.
2 Provisional data that may be subject to future revisions.

Background Notes

Introduction      

The data in this release gives details on the number of overseas trips to Ireland and Irish trips abroad. It provides data on country of residence, reason for journey, the average length of stay (nights) and expenditure of overseas travellers to Ireland and by Irish residents on trips abroad.

Ireland                               

For the purposes of this release, Ireland refers to the Republic of Ireland.

Data Sources                               

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) carries out two sample surveys of passengers at airports and seaports. These are the Country of Residence Survey (CRS) and the Passenger Card Inquiry (PCI). Data from these surveys are used in conjunction with passenger movement figures supplied by the air and sea transport companies to provide the estimates for overseas tourism and travel in this release. The Country of Residence Survey is a continuous sample survey of passengers (both inward and outward) which provides an estimated country of residence breakdown for passengers entering and leaving Ireland. This distribution is applied to the total passenger movement figures to provide estimates of Irish trips abroad and trips to Ireland by non-residents. Trips to Ireland are categorised into the areas of residence shown in this release.

The Passenger Card Inquiry is a continuous sample survey of incoming and departing passengers. This survey provides information on the reason for journey, length of stay, expenditure and fare costs, in addition to residency. The results are combined with the overall residency estimates from the Country of Residence Survey to provide the overseas tourism and travel details shown in this release.

Periodicity                                   

Quarterly.

Scope                                             

The length of stay, residency, reason for journey, accommodation type (inbound travellers only) expenditure and fare costs for overseas travel into and out of Ireland.

Coverage                                         

This release provides information on overseas travel into and out of Ireland. The results for overseas travel to Ireland are based on the travel and expenditure patterns of departing non-resident passengers while results for overseas travel by Irish residents are based on departing and incoming Irish passengers.

Travel by residents of Northern Ireland into or out of Ireland or travel within Ireland by Irish residents is excluded from this publication.

Data Collection                          

This release is based on the results of the Passenger Card Inquiry. The PCI surveys passengers at Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Knock airports and at Rosslare, Ringaskiddy and Dublin seaports.  Data on the country of residence, length of stay, reason for journey, expenditure and fare costs is collected from passengers who complete a questionnaire provided by one of a team of Central Statistics Office (CSO) interviewers.  This data is also collected by the Office of National Statistics staff on behalf of the CSO at Holyhead seaport covering passengers coming into the Republic of Ireland from Holyhead.

Sample Design         

A sample of flights and sailings is selected to facilitate proper representation of airport/seaport pairings (e.g. Dublin-London Heathrow), day, night, weekday and weekend flights/sailings. The PCI card is then distributed by CSO interviewers to all passengers on these flights and sailings.

Where expenditure or fare data is missing, results are imputed using the ‘nearest neighbour’ imputation methodology. In other words, these expenditures and fares are estimated using the average fares of other observations in the sample with similar characteristics.            

Sample Size                                 

The effective sample size for the PCI in Quarter 1 2017 was 34,000 passengers.

Definitions 

Trip                                               

In this release, a trip is defined as a journey (usually including a return) from one place to another, for any purpose (i.e. both tourism and non-tourism). The number of trips is calculated as the sum of both outward journeys and inward journeys divided by two.

Same Day Traveller                 

A traveller is classified as a same day traveller if his/her trip does not include an overnight stay.

Transit/Transfer Passengers

Transit passengers are defined as those who make a stop at an airport without any particular purpose other than being en route to another destination. These passengers generally do not disembark from their aircraft and are therefore not covered by the Passenger Card Inquiry.

Transfer passengers or ‘connecting passengers’ are also defined as those who make a stop at an airport without any particular purpose other than being en route to another destination. However, unlike transits, transfer passengers disembark the aircraft and pass through the airport en route to their connecting flight.  Such passengers are included in the estimates of trips and expenditure for the Tourism and Travel release and are treated in the same manner as same-day visits. They are surveyed for the Passenger Card Inquiry.

Country of Residence                    

Country of Residence is defined as the country in which the person has resided for 12 months prior to interview.

Total Expenditure              

Total expenditure refers to the amount paid for the acquisition or consumption of goods and services for one’s own use or for use by others, for and during trips. It includes expenditure by travellers themselves, as well as expenses that are paid for or reimbursed by others. For example, expenses paid by another person (e.g. gift) or expenses paid directly by the employer for employees on business travel are included.

Total expenditure does not include purchases of land, real estate or motor vehicles.

Overseas Tourism & Travel Earnings                       

Overseas tourism and travel earnings refers to the total expenditure by overseas travellers while in Ireland plus fares paid by them to Irish air and sea carriers.

Overseas Tourism & Travel Expenditure                                        

Overseas tourism and travel expenditure refers to the total expenditure of Irish residents on overseas trips (including all fares) less fares paid by them to Irish air and sea carriers.

Tourism & Travel Balance        

This refers to the difference between tourism and travel earnings from overseas trips to Ireland and tourism and travel expenditure on trips abroad by Irish residents.

Rounding                                       

Individual figures have been rounded independently and the sum of component items therefore may not necessarily add to the totals shown.

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