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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Household Travel Survey

Quarter 1 2018

Domestic Trips '000 Outbound Trips '000
Q1Q1 Q1Q1
Reason for Journey20172018 20172018
Holiday832967 838764
Business112153 205224
Visiting Friends/Relatives689802 387465
Other275291 177197
Total1,9082,214 1,6071,650

Domestic trips rose by 16% year on year in Quarter 1 2018

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Domestic Travel

  • Irish residents took over 2.2 million domestic trips in Quarter 1 2018, an increase of 16% when compared to the same period twelve months earlier. This contrasts with an 8.6% decrease in domestic trips in Quarter 1 2017 when compared with the same period in 2016. The number of trips taken is influenced by when Easter falls. In 2018 Easter Sunday fell on April 1st, while in 2017 it fell on April 16th.  See Table 1.
  • Each trip had an average duration of 2.1 nights, resulting in 4.6 million bed nights. See Table 1.
  • Holidays accounted for 43.7% of all domestic trips, while more than a third (36.2%) were to visit friends or relatives. See Table 2.
  • Visitors who stayed in hotel accommodation accounted for almost 1 million (44.1%) domestic trips in Quarter 1 2018 while those who stayed with family and friends accounted for 0.8 million (37.2%) domestic trips. See Table 4.
  • Total expenditure on domestic trips in Quarter 1 2018 amounted to €356.5 million. Almost €211 million of this was accounted for by those on holidays, while those visiting friends or relatives spent €64 million in the first quarter of 2018. See Table 2.

Outbound Travel

  • Almost 1.7 million outbound trips were undertaken by Irish residents in Quarter 1 2018, an increase of 2.7% over the same period last year.  See Table 5.
  • A total of 10.2 million bed nights were availed of by Irish residents travelling abroad in the first quarter of 2018. The average length of stay on outbound trips was 6.2 nights. The UK and Spain were the two most popular destinations in terms of trip numbers at 671,000 and 244,000 respectively. See Tables 6 and 6a.
  • Almost half (46.3%) of all outbound trips were classified as holidays, while more than a quarter (28.2%) were for the purpose of visiting friends or relatives. See Table 7.
  • Visitors who stayed in hotels accounted for 3.8 million nights and those staying with family and friends accounted for 3.4 million nights.  See Table 9.
  • Irish residents spent €1,394 million on outbound trips in Quarter 1 2018, of which €713.3 million was spent on holidays, €304.1 million on business and €256.5 million on visiting friends and relatives.  See Table 7.