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CSO statistical release, 13 December 2017, 11am

Tourism and Travel

Quarter 3 2017

  Overseas trips to Ireland Trips by Irish residents overseas
‘000 ‘000
Reason for journeyJul - Sep 2016Jul - Sep 2017 Jul - Sep 2016Jul - Sep 2017
Business363360 157177
Visits to Friends/Relatives730719 430455
Holiday/Leisure/Recreation1,5741,632 1,5891,808
Other394384 7756
Total3,0623,096 2,2532,495

Overseas trips to Ireland increased by 1.1% for the period July to September 2017

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The main results for Quarter 3 2017 are as follows:

Overseas trips to Ireland:

  • The number of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents increased from 3.062 million in Quarter 3 2016 to 3.096 million trips in Quarter 3 2017 (+1.1%). See table 1.
  • The number of nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers decreased by 0.5% in Quarter 3 2017 compared with the same period of the previous year, down from 23.7 million to 23.6 million. See table 4.
  • The average duration of overseas trips to Ireland fell from 7.7 nights in Quarter 3 2016 to 7.6 nights in Quarter 3 2017. See table 6.
  • Total tourism and travel earnings from overseas travellers to Ireland increased by 2.1% between Quarter 3 2016 and Quarter 3 2017, increasing from €2,241 million to €2,287 million. When fares are excluded, total expenditure increased from €1,693 million to €1,736 million, an increase of 2.5% over the period. See table 7.

 

Trips by Irish residents overseas:

  • In Quarter 3 2017, the number of trips made by Irish residents overseas increased by 10.7%, from 2.253 million trips in Quarter 3 2016 to 2.495 million. See table 8.
  • The average duration of overseas trips made by Irish residents decreased from 9.4 nights in Quarter 3 2016 to 9.0 nights in Quarter 3 2017. See table 9.
  • Total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas increased by 5.9%, up from €1,771 million in Quarter 3 2016 to €1,875 million in Quarter 3 2017. When all fares are included, total expenditure on overseas trips increased by 5.9%, from €2,231 million to €2,362 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 3 2017
       '000
 201420152016 2016 2017
Trips
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
Total overseas trips to the Republic of Ireland7,6048,6439,584 1,7852,5993,0622,139 1,7962,7693,096
Trips by mode of travel             
    Air6,7457,7828,740 1,6662,3722,7081,995 1,7022,5152,749
    Sea860861844 118227354145 94255347
Trips by type            
    Same-day trips 7768941,157 190301372294 224317371
    Overnight trips 6,8287,7498,428 1,5942,2982,6891,846 1,5722,4522,725
Trips by route of travel            
    Cross channel3,9314,3794,757 1,0031,2601,4261,067 9321,1741,239
    Continental2,7803,0763,416 6119681,102735 6231,0581,178
    Transatlantic & Other Routes8941,1881,411 171371534336 241537678
Trips by area of residence            
    Great Britain3,1643,5473,924 8511,0141,148911 7969491,065
    France456505531 9816517198 107169164
    Germany557629652 104192223133 99210225
    Italy258321344 629612958 6097130
    Other Europe1,3681,5881,774 336476562400 329546568
    USA & Canada1,3291,5141,808 238520638412 293629733
    Australia & New Zealand190207204 31517349 355476
    All other areas284331346 648611779 76115135
Trips by reason for journey            
    Business1,2821,4411,539 364434363378 351413360
    Visit to Friends/Relatives2,2092,2972,553 555632730636 548632719
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation3,3244,0014,388 6911,2571,574866 6911,4191,632
    Other 7899041,105 175276394259 206305384
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 3 2016 and Quarter 3 2017
TripsReason for journey  
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017 Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017
Total trips with at least one overnight in Ireland ('000s)3073107096961,5311,587142131 2,6892,725
Area of residence (%)           
Great Britain4647615826231110 3734
France54337766 65
Germany6623111078 88
Italy2322552018 55
Other Europe2323131320203435 1919
USA & Canada1111111325291414 1922
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)76796679 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 3 2016 and Quarter 3 2017
TripsReason for journey1  
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOtherTotal
 Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017
Total same-day trips (i.e. no overnight in Ireland) ('000s)565021234344252253372371
Area of residence (%)          
Great Britain77814744424134314240
Other Europe15142121202225252223
All other areas763236383741443537
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 3 2016 and Quarter 3 2017
           '000
BednightsArea of Residence   
Great BritainOther EuropeUSA & CanadaAll Other AreasTotal
 Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017 Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017
Type of accommodation used           
    Hotel1,2781,0662,6582,5261,9602,443555576 6,4526,610
    Guest House/B&B4344111,9771,8559191,012272277 3,6023,555
    Rented House/Apartment4685681,4661,394447439601612 2,9833,013
    Friends/Relatives2,3932,2411,6441,5328008598791,033 5,7165,666
    Other1,1121,3022,8822,400582588349433 4,9264,723
    Total5,6855,58710,6279,7074,7085,3422,6572,931 23,67823,567
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 3 2016 and Quarter 3 2017
           '000
BednightsReason for journey   
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017 Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017
Type of accommodation used           
    Hotel9158825755924,7844,973177162 6,4526,610
    Guest House/B&B1841652993142,7232,731395345 3,6023,555
    Rented House/Apartment6225913233551,1151,107923960 2,9833,013
    Friends/Relatives2622383,9783,9281,2441,288233211 5,7165,666
    Other3845108297332,2712,4171,4421,063 4,9264,723
    Total2,3662,3866,0045,92312,13712,5173,1712,741 23,67823,567
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 3 2017
     Nights
 201420152016  2016 2017
Average length of stay
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
All overseas trips to Ireland 7.27.16.9  6.56.77.76.4 6.26.67.6
Trips by area of residence             
    Great Britain4.54.34.2  3.84.05.03.8 4.04.35.2
    France8.88.69.4  8.39.910.67.4 8.68.19.5
    Germany9.59.58.6  7.98.39.57.9 8.47.58.8
    Italy9.58.67.8  5.37.59.96.4 5.78.89.0
    Other Europe9.08.78.9  9.68.29.78.0 7.17.48.8
    USA & Canada7.47.77.2  6.96.77.47.7 6.07.07.3
    Australia & New Zealand12.512.312.5  14.212.511.912.3 15.811.212.5
    All other areas14.815.115.6  18.015.315.214.5 16.512.014.7
Trips by reason for journey             
    Business5.65.35.7  5.35.26.55.9 5.05.76.6
    Visit to Friends/Relatives7.47.37.2  7.46.68.26.4 7.46.88.2
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation6.66.56.4  4.86.37.75.5 4.96.37.7
    Other12.111.910.0  13.210.68.010.3 9.49.27.1
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 3 2016 and Quarter 3 2017
Nights
Average length of stayReason for journey 
 BusinessVisit to Friends/Relatives Holiday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017 Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017
Area of Residence           
Great Britain2.74.26.16.25.55.61.71.5 5.05.2
France14.316.29.86.69.28.816.111.6 10.69.5
Germany5.04.97.57.99.99.411.38.5 9.58.8
Italy10.96.77.38.57.87.315.415.0 9.99.0
Other Europe12.19.010.39.08.17.912.512.0 9.78.8
USA & Canada7.17.810.810.17.97.93.02.3 7.47.3
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)11.913.517.617.39.910.024.120.9 14.013.9
Total6.56.68.28.27.77.78.07.1 7.77.6
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 3 2017
     € million
 201420152016 2016 2017
Estimated expenditure
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding fares) (1)3,5484,2084,577 6931,2611,693930 6841,4081,736
Fare receipts of Irish carriers from overseas travellers to Ireland (2)1,1661,3221,487 233394548312 261468551 1
Total overseas tourism and travel earnings (1) + (2) 4,7145,5306,064 9261,6552,2411,242 9451,8762,287 1
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding fares) by trip type            
    Same-day trips413848 9141212 101613
    Overnight trips3,5074,1694,529 6841,2471,680918 6751,3921,723
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding fares) by area of residence             
    Great Britain8859711,061 214269337241 198267303
    France202236274 429210338 518299
    Germany334397388 4412215963 40135146
    Italy132153175 22448821 235580
    Other Europe639771821 137208324151 121250316
    USA & Canada9351,1971,335 144394494303 152476580
    Australia & New Zealand177200204 31527645 385376
    All other areas244283319 607911268 6192137
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding             
 fares) by reason for journey            
    Business587675724 148198186191 151213199
    Visit to Friends/Relatives 784803864 191199270204 185218281
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation1,8232,3302,547 2827381,073455 2838611,106
    Other353400443 7212716380 65116151
1 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 3 2016 and Quarter 3 2017
€ million
Estimated expenditureReason for journey   
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017 Jul-Sep 2016Jul-Sep 2017
Area of Residence
Great Britain576211110516012987 337303
France9977787489 10399
Germany9106813512396 159146
Italy478545463022 8880
Other Europe444634361861886047 324316
USA & Canada334254593884601919 494580
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)2823516279862941 188212
Total1861992702811,0731,106163151 1,6931,736
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 3 2017
      '000
 201420152016 2016 2017
Trips
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-Dec Jan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
Total overseas trips by Irish residents6,5146,9657,405 1,4781,9752,2531,6991,5692,1192,495
Trips by mode of travel           
     Air6,0596,5617,023 1,4251,8782,0851,6351,5162,0092,319
     Sea456404382 52971686453110176
Trips by type           
    Same-day trips 189184181 42453164596546
    Overnight trips 6,3266,7817,224 1,4361,9312,2221,6351,5092,0542,449
Trips by route of travel           
    Cross channel2,5962,6172,683 617665716685673738794
    Continental3,5153,7724,142 7441,1671,3628697791,2171,472
    Transatlantic & Other Routes404577580 116143175145118163230
Trips by reason for journey           
    Business790890817 188236157236236240177
    Visit to Friends/Relatives1,5651,6841,751 468394430459441489455
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation4,0044,2094,563 7981,2741,5899028551,3451,808
    Other 156182273 237177102 374656
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 3 2017
      Nights
 201420152016 2016 2017
Average length of stay
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
All overseas trips by Irish residents8.17.67.6 7.27.19.46.06.06.89.0
Trips by route of travel            
    Cross channel5.95.05.0 4.94.66.44.04.54.66.1
    Continental9.48.48.6 7.98.010.57.06.97.710.1
    Transatlantic & Other Routes11.013.611.9 14.811.112.89.59.610.012.0
Trips by reason for journey            
    Business4.03.73.6 3.23.35.03.13.02.95.5
    Visit to Friends/Relatives7.26.85.8 7.24.96.15.05.65.16.2
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation9.18.68.9 8.18.210.87.57.18.110.1
    Other 11.18.47.5 7.110.98.84.2 6.67.36.1
Table 10 Estimated expenditure by Irish residents on overseas trips classified by reason for journey and total overseas tourism and travel expenditure, 2014 - Quarter 3 2017
     € million
 201420152016 2016 2017
Estimated expenditure
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
Total expenditure (including fares) (1)5,4425,8436,3501,1811,5532,2311,3851,1731,6642,362
Fare payments by Irish travellers abroad to Irish carriers (2)1,0741,1481,247210310460267221383487 1
Total overseas tourism and travel expenditure (1) - (2) 4,3684,6955,1039711,2431,7711,1189521,2811,875 1
Total expenditure (including fares) by reason for journey          
    Business602650606125184128169152164133
    Visit to Friends/Relatives907968936250190244252236245240
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation3,8184,0894,6087941,1281,7878997631,2271,944
    Other 114136199 13517164 222846
1 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 3 2017
     € million
Estimated earnings and expenditure201420152016 2016 2017
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
Overseas tourism and travel earnings from trips to Ireland4,7145,5306,064 9261,6552,2411,2429451,8762,287 1
Overseas tourism and travel expenditure by Irish travellers abroad 4,3684,6955,103 9711,2431,7711,1189521,2811,875 1
Tourism and travel balance346835961 -45412470124 -7595412 1
1 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 3 2017 was 52,000 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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