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Household Travel Survey

Quarter 2 2021

Domestic Trips  Outbound Trips
Quarter 2 Quarter 2
 201920202021 201920202021
Trips '0002,858237990 2,5552084
Nights '0006,7948752,968 16,848145857
Expenditure €Million501.727.5166.1 2,194.413.041.6

Irish residents took just under one million domestic overnight trips in Quarter 2 2021

Number of Trips by Reason for Journey Quarter 2 2021
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Domestic Travel

  • Irish residents took 990,000 domestic trips in the second quarter of 2021. This was a large increase compared with Q2 2020, but a decrease of 65.4% when compared with the same period in 2019. These trips resulted in almost 3 million bed nights, of which 14.7% were spent in hotel accommodation. See table 4.
  • Total expenditure on domestic trips in Q2 2021 amounted to €166 million. Those on holidays accounted for €113 million of this, while those visiting friends or relatives spent €32 million.  When compared with the same period two years ago, expenditure on holidays was down 62.7%, while spending on trips to visit friends or relatives was down by 58.9%. See table 2.
  • Persons who stayed in hotel accommodation accounted for 208,000 domestic trips in the second quarter of 2021, while those staying with family or friends accounted for 449,000 trips. The corresponding figures for Q2 2019 show that there were over one million domestic trips with hotel accommodation and 950,000 stayed with friends or relatives. This represents decreases of -80.0% and -52.7% respectively. See table 4.

Outbound Travel 

  • There were less than one hundred thousand outbound overnight trips undertaken by Irish residents in Quarter 2 2021. These trips accounted for over 850,000 bed nights and spending of almost €42 million. See table 5.

This Household Travel Survey (HTS) publication includes the first release of estimated domestic travel results for Q2 2020. The CSO advises that the estimated data for this quarter should be treated with caution and is best used as part of the annual domestic travel results for 2020.

In addition, outbound data has also been estimated for Q2-Q4 2020. This data was estimated to satisfy EU regulatory requirements but should be treated as experimental, and only state level aggregates are presented in this release.

The HTS was suspended due to the COVID 19 pandemic in March 2020 and as a consequence survey data does not exist for the period March through June 2020. See the Background notes for further information.