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Intention to Travel Survey

April 2021

Persons intending to take a trip by Destination and Reference period, April 2021
 Trip Intentions %
 Domestic         Overseas Northern Ireland
Reference period   
In 202180.147.318.5
In 2022 or later4.534.58.7
Not thinking of one15.318.272.7

Seven in ten Irish residents plan to take an overnight Domestic trip before November 2021

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The CSO Intention to Travel Survey which was undertaken during the last week of April and first week of May 2021 revealed that seven in ten people (73.6%) intend to take an overnight domestic trip within the next six months. For overseas trips the corresponding figure is 32.4%, and for trips being planned to Northern Ireland it was 15.4% of Irish residents aged 18 and over. See table 2.

The survey found that almost two-thirds (64.6%) of Irish residents aged 18 and over had cancelled an overnight trip due to COVID-19 since March 2020.  More than half of Irish residents (54.5%) cancelled overnight overseas trips due to COVID-19, while 39.6% cancelled overnight domestic trips. See table 1.

While 47.3% of people intend to travel abroad in 2021, 34.5% intend to take their next trip outside the island of Ireland in 2022 or later, and the remainder (18.2%) are not thinking about trips abroad at present. See table 3.

The survey results also show that for those Irish residents aged 18 and over who are planning a trip in the next twelve months:

The South-West region (28.7%) is the most popular destination for those intending to take an overnight domestic trip. This is followed by the West and South-East regions at 20.6% and 13.3% respectively. See table 4a.

Just under three-quarters of people (74.2%) intending to take their next overnight domestic trip in the next twelve months want to do so for holidays, leisure and recreation purposes, while 22.4% plan to visit friends and relatives. Those who are intending to make an overnight domestic business trip account for just 1.1% of people.

One-fifth (20.7%) of those intending to take an overnight domestic trip plan to use self-catering accommodation, while 56.7% will use hotel, guesthouse or B&B accommodation.

One-third of people (33.5%) who are intending to take a trip overseas in the next twelve months stated the reason for the trip would be to visit friends and relatives, while 24.6% of those planning a trip to Northern Ireland intend to travel for the same purpose. See tables 4b and 4c.