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4.1 Overseas trips to Ireland - Number of trips, average length of stay and expenditure1
     
 2012201320142015
No of overseas trips:   thousands
Great Britain2,7742,9293,1643,547
Total trips6,5176,9867,6048,643
     
Average length of stay:   nights
Great Britain4.64.74.54.3
Total trips7.47.37.27.1
     
Expenditure excluding fares:   €million
Great Britain819847885971
Total trips2,9163,2623,5484,208
     
    
Average expenditure, excluding fares, by visitors from GB295289280274
Average expenditure, excluding fares, by all visitors447467467487
Source: Tourism and Travel, CSO
1Northern Ireland not included in these overseas trips.
     

 

  • There were 6.5 million overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents in 2012. The number of trips had increased to 8.6 million by 2015, and visitors from Great Britain accounted for 41% of these trips.
  • The total expenditure (excluding fares) by non-residents on overseas trips to Ireland rose from €2.9bn in 2012 to €4.2bn in 2015, and expenditure by visitors from Great Britain accounted for 23% of this expenditure in 2015.
  • Average expenditure (excluding fares) in Ireland by all visitors was €487 while the average spend by visitors from Great Britain was €274.
  • Visitors from Great Britain spent an average of 4.3 nights in Ireland compared to an average of 7.1 nights by all visitors.
X-axis labelVisitors from Great BritainTotal visitors
201227740006517000
201329290006986000
201431640007604000
201535470008643000
X-axis labelVisitors from Great BritainTotal visitors
20128192916
20138473262
20148853548
20159714208
4.2 Overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents with at least one overnight in Ireland by reason for journey, 2015
      
 BusinessVisit friends or relativesHoliday, leisure, recreationOtherTotal
     thousands
Total number of trips:1,2522,2383,9083527,749
Of which:     
% of trips from Great Britain4858301740
Source: Tourism and Travel, CSO

 

  • There were 7.7 million overseas trips to Ireland in 2015 which had at least one overnight stay.
  • Holiday, leisure or recreation was the reason for 3.9 million of these trips while 2.2 million trips were to visit friends and relatives.
  • Business was the main reason for 1.3 million trips during 2015.
  • Residents of Great Britain made 30% of all holiday, leisure or recreation trips and 58% of trips to see friends or relatives.
  • Nearly half (48%) of business trips to Ireland during 2015 were made by residents of Great Britain.
4.3 Number of bednights spent in Ireland by non-residents on overseas trips by type of accommodation, 2015 
        
      thousands 
 HotelsVisit friends or relativesRented house, apartmentGuest house, B&BOtherAll types of accommodation 
Great Britain4,3456,1451,2998842,49715,171 
All countries17,37515,7949,4296,72911,90061,228 
        
Great Britain as a % of all countries:25.038.913.813.121.024.8 
Source: Tourism and Travel, CSO 
       

 

  • Overseas visitors to Ireland spent 61.2 million bednights here in 2015, and 25% of these bednights relate to visitors from Great Britain.
  • Overseas visitors spent 17.4 million bednights in hotels, 15.8 million with friends or relatives and 9.4 million in rented accommodation.
  • British visitors accounted for a quarter of hotel bednights and 39% of bednights with friends and relatives. Just 14% of bednights in rented accommodation were related to British visitors.
4.4 Expenditure, number of trips and number of bednights by overseas visitors by reason for trip, 2015
      
 BusinessVisit friends or relativesHoliday, leisure, recreationOtherAll
Visitors from Great Britain:     
Expenditure excluding fares (€ millions)22631640325971
Number of trips ('000s)7561,3201,2112593,547
Number of bednights ('000s)2,0427,1145,45156415,171
      
      
Average expenditure, excluding fares, per trip:€299€239€333€97€274
Average length of stay (nights)2.75.44.52.24.3
      
Visitors from all countries:     
Expenditure excluding fares (€ millions)6758032,3304004,208
Number of trips ('000s)1,4412,2974,0019048,643
Number of bednights ('000s)7,64416,83725,97010,77661,228
      
      
Average expenditure, excluding fares, per trip:€468€350€582€442€487
Average length of stay (nights)5.37.36.511.97.1
Source: Tourism and Travel, CSO

 

  • There were 8.6 million overseas trips to Ireland in 2015 of which 3.5 million (41%) were made by residents in Great Britain. Close to half (46%) of all overseas trips to Ireland in 2015 were for holidays, recreation or leisure and just over a quarter (27%) were to visit friends/relatives.
  • Looking at the number of trips made by visitors from Great Britain, 37% were to visit friends/relatives while 34% were for holidays.
  • The total expenditure (excluding fares) on overseas trips to Ireland in 2015 was €4.2bn, and more than half of this expenditure (55%) was on holidays with 19% to visit friends/relatives and 16% on business trips.
  • The total expenditure (excluding fares) on overseas trips to Ireland in 2015 was €0.97bn by residents
  • from Great Britain and of this 42% was spent on holidays, 33% on visiting friends/relatives and 23% on business trips.
  • The average expenditure (excluding fares) per trip by visitors from all countries was €487 while the average spend by visitors from Great Britain was €274.
  • Visitors to Ireland who arrived here for a holiday had the highest average expenditure (excluding fares) per trip.
  • The average expenditure (excluding fares) on holiday trips by visitors from all countries was €582 while the average spend by visitors from Great Britain on holidays was €333.
  • The total number of bednights in Ireland from overseas visitors was 61.2 million, of which visitors from Great Britain accounted for a quarter.
  • The average length of stay per trip was 7.1 nights for all visitors and 4.3 nights for visitors from Great Britain.
4.5 Outbound travel by Irish Residents - number of trips, number of nights and expenditure
 2012201320142015
Outbound trips   thousands
Great Britain1,7842,0111,9651,933
Northern Ireland453396390336
Total trips excluding UK4,3864,1684,3224,824
Total outbound trips6,6236,5756,6777,094
     
Outbound nights   thousands
Great Britain7,9918,5288,6757,975
Northern Ireland1,2481,0031,088850
Total nights excluding UK43,87442,45443,89044,690
Total outbound nights53,11251,98553,65253,515
     
Outbound expenditure   €million
Great Britain789.0864.9897.2946.5
Northern Ireland82.759.175.983.8
Total expenditure excluding UK4,470.74,460.24,617.14,991.8
Total outbound expenditure5,342.55,384.25,590.26,022.1
     
Average length of trip:   nights
Great Britain4.54.24.44.1
Northern Ireland2.82.52.82.5
Total trips excluding UK10.010.210.29.3
Total average length of trip8.07.98.07.5
     
Average expenditure per trip:   
Great Britain442430457490
Northern Ireland183149195249
Total trips excluding UK1,0191,0701,0681,035
Total average expenditure per trip807819837849
Source: Household Travel Survey, CSO

 

  • There were 6.62 million trips abroad by Irish residents in 2012. The number of trips abroad fell to 6.58 million in 2013 before increasing over the last two years to stand at 7.09 million trips in 2015. More than a quarter (27.2%) of the trips abroad in 2015 were to Great Britain while 4.7% were to Northern Ireland.
  • In total, Irish residents spent 53.1 million nights abroad in 2012. The number of nightsabroad fell to 52 million in 2013 before increasing to 53.5 million nights by 2015. In 2015, about 15% of nights spent abroad by Irish residents were to Great Britain while 1.6% were to Northern Ireland.
  • Total expenditure abroad by Irish residents was €5.3bn in 2012 and this amount steadily increased over the following three years to stand at €6bn in 2015. Irish residents spent €0.9bn in Great Britain in 2015 (15.7% of total expenditure) while they spent €84 million in Northern Ireland (1.4% of the total expenditure).
  • The average length of a trip abroad by Irish residents was 7.5 nights in 2015. This compares to an average length of 4.1 nights for trips to Great Britain, 2.5 nights to Northern Ireland and 9.3 nights to countries excluding the United Kingdom.
  • The average expenditure per trip abroad by Irish residents was €849 in 2015. This varied from €490 on average for trips to Great Britain and €1,035 for trips to countries excluding the United Kingdom.
X-axis labelAverage length of tripAverage expenditure per trip
Great Britain4.12568309968445489.645129584605
NI2.52807084823459249.068764288114
Total excl UK9.263837071573471034.76167397648
Total7.54420647833036848.952018210251
4.6 International flights - arrivals and departures of passengers
        
       thousands
CountryPassenger arrivals        Passenger departures
201320142015 201320142015
England4,337.74,656.95,125.2 4,385.84,690.15,140.3
Northern Ireland1.01.41.4 0.70.10.5
Scotland418.4473.4563.6 416.8475.3559.7
Wales32.035.163.7 32.335.865.2
Other United Kingdom24.425.926.8 24.925.826.7
Total United Kingdom4,813.55,192.65,780.7 4,860.55,227.05,792.4
All countries12,314.513,179.614,828.6 12,366.513,207.214,867.6
        
UK as % of all countries:39.139.439.0 39.339.639.0
Source: Aviation Statistics, CSO

 

  • There were 12.3 million passenger arrivals on international flights into Ireland in 2013. This rose to 13.2 million in 2014 and increased again to 14.8 million in 2015.
  • Of the 14.8 million passenger arrivals into Ireland in 2015, 39% arrived from the UK.
  • In 2013, 12.4 million passengers departed from Ireland on an international flight and this increased to 13.2 million in 2014 and rose again to 14.9 million in 2015.
  • Of the 14.9 million passenger departures from Ireland in 2015, 39% went to the UK.
4.7 International flights - arrivals and departures of freight
        
       000 tonnes
CountryFreight arrivals    Freight departures
201320142015 201320142015
England21.422.121.9 16.917.417.8
Northern Ireland0.00.00.0 0.00.00.0
Scotland0.00.00.0 0.00.00.0
Wales0.00.00.0 0.00.00.0
Other United Kingdom0.10.10.1 0.00.00.0
Total United Kingdom21.522.222.0 16.917.417.9
All countries68.374.179.0 59.864.970.8
        
UK as % of all countries:31.530.027.8 28.326.825.3
Source: Aviation Statistics, CSO

 

  • In 2013, 68.3 thousand tonnes of freight arrived into Ireland on international flights. By 2014 this figure had increased to 74.1 thousand tonnes and rose again to 79.0 thousand tonnes in 2015.
  • Of the 79.0 thousand tonnes of freight which arrived on international flights into Ireland in 2015, 27.8% arrived from the United Kingdom, with the vast bulk arriving from England.
  • In 2013, 59.8 thousand tonnes of freight departed from Ireland on international flights. This had grown to 64.9 thousand tonnes by 2014 and increased again to 70.8 thousand tonnes in 2015.
  • Of the 70.8 thousand tonnes of freight which departed from Ireland in 2015, just over a quarter went to the United Kingdom, with the vast majority going to England.
4.8 International flights - arrivals and departures of commercial flights
        
       thousands
CountryCommercial flight arrivals Commercial flight departures
201320142015 201320142015
England41.544.545.5 41.544.544.8
Northern Ireland0.00.00.0 0.00.00.0
Scotland6.06.46.4 6.06.46.4
Wales0.70.71.1 0.70.71.1
Other United Kingdom0.80.90.9 0.60.70.7
Total United Kingdom49.152.553.9 48.952.453.1
All countries102.4108.8116.0 102.1108.4115.6
        
UK as % of all countries:47.948.346.5 47.948.345.9
Source: Aviation Statistics, CSO

 

  • Just over 102,000 international commercial flights arrived in Ireland during 2013. The number of international commercial flight arrivals grew to 108,800 by 2014 and increased again to 116,000 by 2015.
  • Of the 116,000 international commercial flights in 2015, 53,900 arrived from the United Kingdom of which 45,500 arrived from England. Thus close to half (46.5%) of all international commercial flight arrivals were from the UK.
  • There were 102,100 international commercial flight departures from Ireland during 2013. This number grew to 108,400 by 2014 and increased again to 115,600 by 2015.
  • Of the 115,600 international commercial flight departures in 2015, 53,100 departed to the United Kingdom of which 44,800 departed to England. Thus in 2015 close to half (45.9%) of all international commercial flight departures from Ireland went to the United Kingdom.
4.9 Private cars registered for the first time, 2012-2014
    
 201220132014
New private cars76,23771,31792,613
Second hand (used) private cars 37,90248,14651,663
    
of which last registration was UK37,29047,42849,945
    
UK as a % of all second hand cars98.498.596.7
Source: Revenue Commissioners

 

  • The number of new private cars registered for the first time in Ireland rose from 76,237 in 2012 to 92,613 in 2014.
  • The number of second hand (used) private cars registered rose from 37,902 to 51,663 over the time period 2012 to 2014.
  • Over this time period the vast majority of second hand cars registered in Ireland arrived from the UK with 96.7% of all second hand cars registered in 2014 sourced from the UK.
New private carsSecond hand (used) cars - UK originSecond hand (used) cars - Non-UK origin
20127623737290612
20137131747428718
201492613499451718
4.10 Goods received and forwarded at Irish ports by type of cargo1
        
        000 tonnes
CountryGoods received Goods forwarded
201320142015 201320142015
United Kingdom:       
Roll-on/roll-off traffic5,4405,6776,261 4,8725,1385,758
Lift-on/lift-off traffic195263307 302519662
Liquid bulk3,9073,3003,961 976739975
Dry bulk338406490 8561,183993
Break bulk and all other goods8370149 58122167
All types of cargo9,9639,71711,166 7,0647,7018,555
        
All regions of trade:       
Roll-on/roll-off traffic6,5227,0117,391 5,6236,0946,516
Lift-on/lift-off traffic3,3053,6033,814 2,9003,0423,169
Liquid bulk9,0438,5759,729 2,4992,7702,709
Dry bulk12,0129,34511,949 3,9365,7833,918
Break bulk and all other goods521550757 361711715
All types of cargo31,40329,08333,638 15,31918,40017,028
        
UK as a % of all regions of trade:       
Roll-on/roll-off traffic83.481.084.7 86.684.388.4
Lift-on/lift-off traffic5.97.38.0 10.417.120.9
Liquid bulk43.238.540.7 39.126.736.0
Dry bulk2.84.34.1 21.720.525.3
Break bulk and all other goods15.912.719.7 16.117.223.4
All types of cargo31.733.433.2 46.141.950.2
Source: Maritime Statistics, CSO
1Liquid bulk refers to unpackaged liquid goods such as liquified gas, oil products and other liquid bulk goods, while dry bulk refers to unpackaged solid goods (ores, coal, agricultural products, etc.). Other general cargo including forestry and iron/steel products, along with miscellaneous packaged cargo are contained in the break bulk and other goods category.

 

  • 31.4 million tonnes of goods were received at Irish ports in 2013, dropping to 29.1 million tonnes in 2014 before increasing to 33.6 million tonnes in 2015.
  • Of the total amount of goods received at Irish ports in 2015, a third arrived from the United Kingdom. This proportion varied widely depending on the type of cargo involved. 85% of roll-on/roll-off traffic arrived from the United Kingdom while 41% of liquid bulk originated in the United Kingdom.
  • In 2013 over 15 million tonnes of goods left Irish ports for destinations abroad, rising to 18.4 million tonnes in 2014 before dropping to just over 17 million tonnes by 2015.
  • Of the total amount of goods forwarded abroad from Irish ports in 2015, half went to the United Kingdom. Most of the roll-on/roll-off traffic leaving Ireland (88%) and 36% of liquid bulk goods went to the United Kingdom.

 

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