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Tourism and Travel

Quarter 4 2018

  Overseas trips to Ireland Trips by Irish residents overseas
‘000 ‘000
Reason for journeyOct - Dec 2017Oct - Dec 2018 Oct - Dec 2017Oct - Dec 2018
Business354389 227244
Visits to Friends/Relatives667629 406479
Holiday/Leisure/Recreation9681,092 1,0501,081
Other282302 7355
Total2,2712,413 1,7561,858

Overseas trips to Ireland increased by 6.3% for the period October to December 2018

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Quarter 4 2018 Results

Overseas trips to Ireland:

  • The number of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents increased from 2.271 million in Quarter 4 2017 to 2.413 million trips in Quarter 4 2018 (+6.3%). See table 1.
  • The number of nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers decreased by 3.1% in Quarter 4 2018 compared with the same period of the previous year, down from 15.6 million to 15.1 million. See table 4.
  • The average duration of overseas trips to Ireland dropped from 6.9 nights in Quarter 4 2017 to 6.3 nights in Quarter 4 2018. See table 6.
  • Total tourism and travel earnings from overseas travellers to Ireland increased by 1.7% between Quarter 4 2017 and Quarter 4 2018, increasing from €1,377 million to €1,400 million. When fares are excluded, total expenditure increased from €1,046 million to €1,047 million, an increase of 0.1% over the period. See table 7.

 

Trips by Irish residents overseas:

  • In Quarter 4 2018, the number of trips made by Irish residents overseas increased by 5.8%, from 1.756 million trips in Quarter 4 2017 to 1.858 million. See table 8.
  • The average duration of overseas trips made by Irish residents stayed the same at 6.0 nights in Quarter 4 2017 and Quarter 4 2018. See table 9.
  • Total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas increased by 10.5%, up from €1,107 million in Quarter 4 2017 to €1,223 million in Quarter 4 2018. When all fares are included, total expenditure on overseas trips increased by 8.8%, from €1,394 million to €1,517 million. See table 10.

 

2018 Annual Results

Overseas trips to Ireland:

  • In 2018, a total of 10.616 million overseas trips were made to Ireland compared to 9.932 million trips in 2017 (+6.9%). See table 1.
  • Overseas travellers to Ireland spent a total of 70.9 million nights in the country in 2018 compared to 68.7 million nights the previous year (+3.3%). See table 4a.
  • Overseas travel to Ireland generated earnings of €6,874 million in 2018 compared to €6,485 million in 2017 (+6.0%). When fares are excluded, total expenditure in 2018 was €5,149 million, an increase of 5.6% on 2017. See table 7.

 

Trips by Irish residents overseas:

  • Irish residents made a total of 8.276 million overseas trips in 2018 compared to 7.939 million trips in 2017 (+4.2%). These trips lasted an average of 7.2 nights in 2018, this remained the same as in 2017. See tables 8 and 9.
  • Total tourism and travel expenditure on overseas travel by Irish residents increased by 8.1% to €5,639 million in 2018.  When fares are included, total expenditure by Irish residents on overseas trips rose from €6,594 million in 2017 to €7,062 million (+7.1%). See table 10.