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CSO statistical release, 14 March 2018, 11am

Tourism and Travel

Quarter 4 2017

  Overseas trips to Ireland Trips by Irish residents overseas
‘000 ‘000
Reason for journeyOct - Dec 2016Oct - Dec 2017 Oct - Dec 2016Oct - Dec 2017
Business378354 236227
Visits to Friends/Relatives636667 459406
Holiday/Leisure/Recreation866968 9021,050
Other259282 10273
Total2,1392,271 1,6991,756

Overseas trips to Ireland increased by 6.2% for the period October to December 2017

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Quarter 4 2017 Results

Overseas trips to Ireland:

  • The number of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents increased from 2.139 million in Quarter 4 2016 to 2.271 million trips in Quarter 4 2017 (+6.2%). See table 1.
  • The number of nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers increased by 13.4% in Quarter 4 2017 compared with the same period of the previous year, up from 13.8 million to 15.6 million. See table 4.
  • The average duration of overseas trips to Ireland rose  from 6.4 nights in Quarter 4 2016 to 6.9 nights in Quarter 4 2017. See table 6.
  • Total tourism and travel earnings from overseas travellers to Ireland increased by 10.9% between Quarter 4 2016 and Quarter 4 2017, increasing from €1,242 million to €1,377 million. When fares are excluded, total expenditure increased from €930 million to €1,046 million, an increase of 12.5% over the period. See table 7.

Trips by Irish residents overseas:

  • In Quarter 4 2017, the number of trips made by Irish residents overseas increased by 3.4%, from 1.699 million trips in Quarter 4 2016 to 1.756 million. See table 8.
  • The average duration of overseas trips made by Irish residents remained the same at 6.0 nights in both Quarter 4 2016 and Quarter 4 2017. See table 9.
  • Total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas decreased by 1.0%, down from €1,118 million in Quarter 4 2016 to €1,107 million in Quarter 4 2017. When all fares are included, total expenditure on overseas trips increased by 0.6%, from €1,385 million to €1,394 million. See table 10.

 2017 Annual Results

Overseas trips to Ireland:

  • In 2017, a total of 9.932 million overseas trips were made to Ireland compared to 9.584 million trips in 2016 (+3.6%). See table 1.
  • Overseas travellers to Ireland spent a total of 68.7 million nights in the country in 2017 compared to 66.4 million nights the previous year (+3.4%). See table 4a.
  • Overseas travel to Ireland generated earnings of €6,485 million in 2017 compared to €6,064 million in 2016 (+6.9%). When fares are excluded, total expenditure in 2017 was €4,874 million, an increase of 6.5% on 2016. See table 7.

Trips by Irish residents overseas:

  • Irish residents made a total of 7.939 million overseas trips in 2017 compared to 7.405 million trips in 2016 (+7.2%). These trips lasted an average of 7.2 nights in 2017, compared to 7.6 nights in 2016 (-5.3%). See tables 8 and 9.
  • Total tourism and travel expenditure on overseas travel by Irish residents increased by 2.2% to €5,217 million in 2017.  When fares are included, total expenditure by Irish residents on overseas trips rose from €6,350 million in 2016 to €6,594 million (+3.8%). See table 10.