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CSO statistical release, 04 April 2018, 11am

Household Travel Survey

Quarter 4 and Year 2017

Domestic Trips '000 Outbound Trips '000
YearYear YearYear
Reason for Journey20162017 20162017
Holiday4,8704,886 4,2444,912
Business431426 897753
Visiting Friends/Relatives3,0453,096 1,7471,730
Other1,0141,218 757776
Total9,3599,626 7,6448,171

Outbound trips rose by 6.9% in 2017

Figure 1 Number of trips by reason for journey - 2017
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Domestic Travel - 2017

  • Irish residents took more than 9.6 million domestic trips in 2017, an increase of 2.9% when compared with 2016. Each trip had an average duration of 2.7 nights, resulting in 25.5 million bed nights. See Table 1.
  • In 2017, half of all domestic trips (51%) were classified as holidays while over 3 million trips (32.2%) were to visit friends or relatives. See Table 2.
  • Total expenditure on domestic trips in 2017 amounted to €1,879 million. A total of €1,129 million of this was accounted for by those on holidays, while those visiting friends or relatives spent €353 million in 2017. See Table 2.
  • Visitors who stayed in hotel accommodation accounted for almost 3.9 million domestic trips in 2017, while those staying with family and friends accounted for 3.1 million trips. See Table 4.

Outbound Travel - 2017

  • Almost 8.2 million outbound trips were undertaken by Irish residents in 2017, an increase of 6.9% on 2016.  See Table 5.
  • A total of 57.7 million bed nights were availed of by Irish residents travelling abroad in 2017. Three quarters (76%) of these bed nights were within the European Union. The average length of stay on outbound trips was 7.1 nights, varying from 6.2 nights within the European Union, 12.4 nights in USA and Canada and 25.7 nights in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. See Table 6b.
  • Irish residents spent a total of €6,891 million on outbound trips in 2017, of which €4,338 million was spent on holidays, €914 million on business trips and €911 million on visiting friends or relatives.  See Table 7.
  • Visitors who stayed in hotel accommodation accounted for over 19.4 million nights in 2017, while those staying in self-catering/rented house accounted for 15.3 million nights.  See Table 9.

Quarter 4 2017 Results

  • In Quarter 4 2017, Irish residents took 2.3 million domestic trips, an increase of 13.8% when compared to the same period twelve months earlier. Each trip had an average duration of 2.2 nights, resulting in almost 5.2 million bed nights. See Table 1.
  • Total expenditure on domestic trips in Quarter 4 2017 amounted to €405.7 million, of which over half (54%) was spent by those on holidays.  See Table 2.
  • Over 1.8 million outbound trips were undertaken by Irish residents in Quarter 4 2017, an increase of 1.7% over the same period last year.  See Table 5.
  • The average length of stay on outbound trips was 5.9 nights. The UK and Spain were the two most popular destinations in terms of trip numbers at 679,000 and 308,000 respectively. See Tables 6 and 6a.