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Tourism and Travel

Quarter 3 2015

  Overseas trips to Ireland Trips by Irish residents overseas
‘000 ‘000
Reason for journeyJul - Sep 2014Jul - Sep 2015 Jul - Sep 2014Jul - Sep 2015
Business291332 190202
Visits to Friends/Relatives643640 440419
Holiday/Leisure/Recreation1,2501,485 1,4461,515
Other256315 3550
Total2,4402,771 2,1122,186

Overseas trips to Ireland increased by 13.5% for the period July to September 2015

Headline Graph Tourism and Travel Quarter 3 2015
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The main results for Quarter 3 2015 are as follows:

Overseas trips to Ireland:

  • The number of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents increased from 2.440 million in Quarter 3 2014 to 2.771 million trips in Quarter 3 2015 (+13.5%). See table 1.
  • The number of nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers increased by 11.5% in Quarter 3 2015 compared with the same period of the previous year, up from 19.701 million to 21.968 million. See table 4.
  • The average duration of overseas trips to Ireland fell from 8.1 nights in Quarter 3 2014 to 7.9 nights in Quarter 3 2015. See table 6.
  • Total tourism and travel earnings from overseas travellers to Ireland increased by 17.5% between Quarter 3 2014 and Quarter 3 2015, increasing from €1,734 million to €2,037 million. When fares are excluded, total expenditure increased from €1,303 million to €1,551 million, an increase of 19.0% over the period. See table 7.

 

Trips by Irish residents overseas:

  • In Quarter 3 2015, the number of trips made by Irish residents overseas increased by 3.5%, from 2.112 million trips in Quarter 3 2014 to 2.186 million. See table 8.
  • The average duration of overseas trips made by Irish residents decreased from 10.2 nights in Quarter 3 2014 to 9.5 nights in Quarter 3 2015. See table 9.
  • Total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas increased by 7.8%, up from €1,559 million in Quarter 3 2014 to €1,680 million in Quarter 3 2015. When fares are included, total expenditure on overseas trips increased by 7.9%, from €1,942 million to €2,096 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, 2012 - Quarter 3 2015
       '000
 201220132014 2014 2015
Trips
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
Total overseas trips to the Republic of Ireland6,5176,9867,604 1,3432,1272,4401,6951,5312,3452,771
Trips by mode of travel            
    Air5,7466,1496,745 1,2491,8622,0761,5581,4322,0952,410
    Sea771837860 9426436413799250361
Trips by type           
    Same-day trips 478590776 128222228199154225278
    Overnight trips 6,0396,3966,828 1,2141,9052,2121,4961,3782,1202,493
Trips by route of travel           
    Cross channel3,5463,7253,931 7551,0661,1959169001,1291,318
    Continental2,3392,5342,780 473811931565500897998
    Transatlantic & Other Routes631727894 114250315215131319455
Trips by area of residence           
    Great Britain2,7742,9293,164 6358389237687268861,050
    France396434456 691491508888160156
    Germany448483557 8317118911586196214
    Italy252234258 446298546081116
    Other Europe1,2511,3121,368 252389425302292415501
    USA & Canada1,0171,1581,329 179396490264191468550
    Australia & New Zealand155187190 30516939315576
    All other areas223248284 517198645785108
Trips by reason for journey           
    Business1,1821,2421,282 286365291340364344332
    Visit to Friends/Relatives1,8182,0152,209 466574643527488588640
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation2,8323,0593,324 4759571,2506425381,1841,485
    Other 685670789 115231256186 141229315
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 2014 and Quarter 3 2015
TripsReason for journey  
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015 Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015
Total trips with at least one overnight in Ireland ('000s)2412906326231,2301,450110129 2,2122,493
Area of residence (%)           
Great Britain4551616125261115 3737
France453287810 66
Germany5533121275 88
Italy3212452519 44
Other Europe2622131318203134 1819
USA & Canada118101126251111 1919
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)66886687 77
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 2013 and 2014
TripsReason for journey  
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 20132014201320142013201420132014 20132014
Total trips with at least one overnight in Ireland ('000s)1,0681,0891,9672,1623,0113,261350316 6,3966,828
Area of residence (%)           
Great Britain5048605830301114 4141
France553488129 66
Germany66441011810 78
Italy3322441212 44
Other Europe2224161618173631 1919
USA & Canada999923241514 1616
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)55677679 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 2014 and Quarter 3 2015
TripsReason for journey1  
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOtherTotal
 Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015
Total same-day trips (i.e. no overnight in Ireland) ('000s)514211172034146185228278
Area of residence (%)          
Great Britain81855750394133394647
Other Europe10101719161328222319
All other areas952631454638393234
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 2013 and 2014
TripsReason for journey1  
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOtherTotal
 2013201420132014201320142013201420132014
Total same-day trips (i.e. no overnight in Ireland) ('000s)17419348474864320473590776
Area of residence (%)     
Great Britain82825859454430344948
Other Europe13122216171528262221
All other areas562125384142402931
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 2014 and Quarter 3 2015
           '000
BednightsArea of Residence   
Great BritainOther EuropeUSA & CanadaAll Other AreasTotal
 Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015 Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015
Type of accommodation used           
    Hotel1,1081,4112,1542,6031,8152,007421501 5,4976,522
    Guest House/B&B2543621,3101,743599693165242 2,3273,040
    Rented House/Apartment5025691,0751,443330320294359 2,2012,690
    Friends/Relatives2,2532,0921,5901,6286727109001,000 5,4155,430
    Other9358832,4642,353434536427513 4,2604,285
    Total5,0525,3188,5929,7693,8494,2662,2082,614 19,70121,968
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 2013 and 2014
           '000
BednightsArea of Residence   
Great BritainOther EuropeUSA & CanadaAll Other AreasTotal
 20132014201320142013201420132014 20132014
Type of accommodation used           
    Hotel3,4923,6475,5285,5634,0694,3551,1841,143 14,27214,707
    Guest House/B&B6366822,3292,7831,0481,242437464 4,4515,171
    Rented House/Apartment1,1711,1743,5984,4491,2151,0869521,144 6,9357,852
    Friends/Relatives6,1966,4174,4505,4041,6471,7222,0432,554 14,33616,096
    Other2,2372,4236,1835,9251,4641,4311,1071,272 10,99211,051
    Total13,73214,34222,08724,1239,4439,8345,7236,577 50,98554,877
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 2014 and Quarter 3 2015
           '000
BednightsReason for journey   
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015 Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015
Type of accommodation used           
    Hotel7428185285724,1055,003121129 5,4976,522
    Guest House/B&B56932212551,7852,349266342 2,3273,040
    Rented House/Apartment4684852533157851,071695819 2,2012,690
    Friends/Relatives2222753,7293,7141,1871,149277292 5,4155,430
    Other3163197196932,1251,9741,1001,299 4,2604,285
    Total1,8041,9915,4505,5509,98711,5462,4602,881 19,70121,968
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 2013 and 2014
           '000
BednightsReason for journey   
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 20132014201320142013201420132014 20132014
Type of accommodation used           
    Hotel2,9363,0741,4661,6069,3809,603490424 14,27214,707
    Guest House/B&B2843474545782,9963,445717801 4,4515,171
    Rented House/Apartment1,6701,6915696501,4081,8053,2883,705 6,9357,852
    Friends/Relatives69884910,48011,5452,3842,6357731,068 14,33616,096
    Other1,1201,1821,6552,0584,1354,2904,0823,521 10,99211,051
    Total6,7087,14314,62416,43720,30421,7799,3509,519 50,98554,877
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, 2012 - Quarter 3 2015
       Nights
 201220132014 2014 2015
Average length of stay
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
All overseas trips to Ireland 7.47.37.2 6.67.18.16.66.57.07.9
Trips by area of residence          
    Great Britain4.64.74.5 4.34.25.53.94.14.25.1
    France9.28.98.8 7.69.09.58.38.18.59.8
    Germany9.09.69.5 9.69.710.18.410.110.49.1
    Italy9.59.09.5 6.38.911.69.06.66.910.7
    Other Europe9.18.89.0 7.89.19.78.98.48.210.1
    USA & Canada8.58.27.4 7.37.07.97.37.07.77.8
    Australia & New Zealand11.611.812.5 15.510.112.812.714.010.712.9
    All other areas13.914.114.8 16.017.413.513.014.814.315.2
Trips by reason for journey          
    Business5.05.45.6 4.85.26.26.14.85.56.0
    Visit to Friends/Relatives7.37.37.4 7.86.98.56.47.26.88.7
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation6.66.66.6 5.16.28.05.35.06.37.8
    Other14.814.012.1 12.414.49.612.4 14.913.49.2
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 2014 and Quarter 3 2015
Nights
Average length of stayReason for journey  
 BusinessVisit to Friends/Relatives Holiday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015 Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015
Area of Residence           
Great Britain3.02.76.46.25.85.74.12.2 5.55.1
France12.310.07.28.89.28.811.914.8 9.59.8
Germany7.67.09.47.99.69.119.513.2 10.19.1
Italy5.517.38.510.310.67.915.715.7 11.610.7
Other Europe10.910.39.711.48.38.213.716.4 9.710.1
USA & Canada7.07.111.210.88.18.23.03.0 7.97.8
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)10.112.118.520.19.29.818.421.0 13.214.3
Total6.26.08.58.78.07.89.69.2 8.17.9
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 2013 and 2014
Nights
Average length of stayReason for journey  
 BusinessVisit to Friends/Relatives Holiday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 20132014201320142013201420132014 20132014
Area of Residence           
Great Britain2.92.95.65.65.04.63.13.4 4.74.5
France7.27.67.17.76.87.221.019.3 8.98.8
Germany7.58.77.77.68.48.125.724.4 9.69.5
Italy9.88.17.77.36.57.015.819.5 9.09.5
Other Europe9.09.57.98.96.56.617.017.0 8.89.0
USA & Canada6.96.510.39.67.67.49.05.8 8.27.4
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)9.59.416.616.78.29.231.229.3 13.113.9
Total5.45.67.37.46.66.614.012.1 7.37.2
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, 2012 - Quarter 3 2015
       € million
 201220132014 2014 2015
Estimated expenditure
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding fares) (1)2,9163,2623,548 5341,0011,3037115901,1941,551
Fare receipts of Irish carriers from overseas travellers to Ireland (2)856976 11,166 1 165 1330 1431 1241 1190372486
Total overseas tourism and travel earnings (1) + (2) 3,7714,238 14,714 1 699 11,331 11,734 1952 17801,5662,037
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding fares) by trip type          
    Same-day trips343541 8159109910
    Overnight trips2,8823,2273,507 5269861,2947015821,1851,541
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding fares) by area of residence           
    Great Britain819847885 171223280212181246309
    France189200202 25647834337884
    Germany227286334 361221245141146144
    Italy108119132 18316023243270
    Other Europe544629639 104177226131117192301
    USA & Canada742822935 107267389172125375470
    Australia & New Zealand133168177 29456736275279
    All other areas155191244 44717852437292
Total expenditure in Ireland (excluding           
 fares) by reason for journey          
    Business529580587 120179136153151172163
    Visit to Friends/Relatives 588670784 170195251169151198256
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation1,5131,6871,823 1945028113162197171,002
    Other287324353 5012510572 69106129
1 The total tourism and travel earnings for 2013 and 2014 were revised due to a change in the methodology used to calculate fare receipts of Irish Carriers.
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 2014 and Quarter 3 2015
€ million
Estimated expenditureReason for journey   
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015 Jul-Sep 2014Jul-Sep 2015
Area of Residence           
Great Britain445911010111714197 280309
France68755564118 7884
Germany677610612556 124144
Italy443524382824 6070
Other Europe374031321261753354 226301
USA & Canada24244250315384912 389470
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)1521515768751118 145171
Total1361632512568111,002105129 1,3031,551
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 2013 and 2014
€ million
Estimated expenditureReason for journey   
BusinessVisit to Friends/RelativesHoliday/Leisure/ RecreationOther Total
 20132014201320142013201420132014 20132014
Area of Residence           
Great Britain2032073073163123382425 847885
France262819251181183630 200202
Germany353627321962322833 286334
Italy191991154513651 119132
Other Europe15814595132266259109103 629639
USA & Canada80921041235816655755 822935
All other areas (incl. Australia & New Zealand)58611081451591613455 359421
Total5805876707841,6871,823324353 3,2623,548
Table 8 Number of overseas trips by Irish residents classified by mode of travel, type of trip, route of travel and reason for journey, 2012 - Quarter 3 2015
       '000
 201220132014 2014 2015
Trips
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
Total overseas trips by Irish residents6,3266,3236,514 1,1541,7912,1121,4581,3061,9282,186
Trips by mode of travel          
     Air5,8395,8746,059 1,0941,6801,8941,3911,2451,8242,010
     Sea487449456 601112176861104176
Trips by type          
    Same-day trips 147138189 36445356325348
    Overnight trips 6,1786,1856,326 1,1171,7472,0591,4031,2741,8752,138
Trips by route of travel          
    Cross channel2,6232,5602,596 567636772622574661736
    Continental3,3973,4373,515 5331,0501,2317016201,1261,268
    Transatlantic & Other Routes306327404 54105109135112141183
Trips by reason for journey          
    Business794862790 169189190241172284202
    Visit to Friends/Relatives1,5081,4581,565 323415440386436400419
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation3,9013,9314,004 6451,1501,4467636711,1941,515
    Other 12372156 17363568 274950
Table 9 Estimated average length of stay (nights) by Irish residents on all overseas trips classified by route of travel and reason for journey, 2012 - Quarter 3 2015
       Nights
 201220132014 2014 2015
Average length of stay
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
All overseas trips by Irish residents8.38.18.1 7.07.410.26.87.16.89.5
Trips by route of travel          
    Cross channel6.76.15.9 5.15.77.84.54.94.46.5
    Continental9.29.49.4 8.78.311.38.27.87.510.3
    Transatlantic & Other Routes10.89.911.0 9.58.514.410.714.612.216.2
Trips by reason for journey          
    Business4.34.24.0 3.54.54.83.43.73.05.5
    Visit to Friends/Relatives7.46.87.2 7.05.99.56.28.16.07.7
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation9.29.39.1 7.88.211.17.97.17.810.7
    Other 13.213.711.1 9.215.19.310.5 12.310.66.6
Table 10 Estimated expenditure by Irish residents on overseas trips classified by reason for journey and total overseas tourism and travel expenditure, 2012 - Quarter 3 2015
      € million
 201220132014 2014 2015
Estimated expenditure
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
Total expenditure (including fares) (1)5,2335,2655,442 8941,4291,9421,1769801,4752,096
Fare payments by Irish travellers abroad to Irish carriers (2)821969 11,074 1 171 1296 1383 1224 1186305416
Total overseas tourism and travel expenditure (1) - (2) 4,4124,296 14,368 1 723 11,133 11,559 1952 17941,1701,680
Total expenditure (including fares) by reason for journey          
    Business581601602 121172147163122200175
    Visit to Friends/Relatives819784907 169223290224266214253
    Holiday/Leisure/Recreation3,7043,8173,818 5951,0051,4807385711,0271,630
    Other 12963114 9292550 213438
1 The total tourism and travel expenditure for 2013 and 2014 were revised due to a change in the methodology used to calculate fare payments to Irish Carriers.
Table 11 Tourism and travel estimated earnings from non-residents on overseas trips to Ireland and expenditure by Irish residents on overseas trips, 2012 - Quarter 3 2015
      € million
Estimated earnings and expenditure20122013 12014 2014 2015
    Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SepOct-DecJan-MarApr-JunJul-Sep
Overseas tourism and travel earnings from trips to Ireland3,7714,2384,714 6991,3311,7349527801,5662,037
Overseas tourism and travel expenditure by Irish travellers abroad 4,4124,2964,368 7231,1331,5599527941,1701,680
Tourism and travel balance-640-58346 -241981750 -14396357
1 The total tourism and travel earnings and expenditure for 2013 and 2014 were revised due to a change in the methodology used to calculate fare payments to Irish Carriers.

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, Dún Laoghaire 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 2015 was 56,000 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 may be surveyed for the Passenger Card Inquiry and are thus included in the estimates for trips and expenditure.

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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