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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Tourism and Travel

Quarter 2 2018

  Overseas trips to Ireland Trips by Irish residents overseas
‘000 ‘000
Reason for journeyApr - Jun 2017Apr - Jun 2018 Apr - Jun 2017Apr - Jun 2018
Business413360 240212
Visits to Friends/Relatives632730 489465
Holiday/Leisure/Recreation1,4191,545 1,3451,522
Other305317 4648
Total2,7692,952 2,1192,248

Overseas trips to Ireland increased by 6.6% for the period April to June 2018

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Overseas trips to Ireland:

  • The number of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents increased from 2.769 million in Quarter 2 2017 to 2.952 million trips in Quarter 2 2018 (+6.6%). See table 1.
  • The number of nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers increased by 2.0% in Quarter 2 2018 compared with the same period of the previous year, up from 18.3 million to 18.7 million. See table 4.
  • The average duration of overseas trips to Ireland fell from 6.6 nights in Quarter 2 2017 to 6.3 nights in Quarter 2 2018. See table 6.
  • Total tourism and travel earnings from overseas travellers to Ireland increased by 5.0% between Quarter 2 2017 and Quarter 2 2018, increasing from €1,876 million to €1,970 million. When fares are excluded, total expenditure increased from €1,408 million to €1,475 million, an increase of 4.8% over the period. See table 7.

Trips by Irish residents overseas:

  • In Quarter 2 2018, the number of trips made by Irish residents overseas increased by 6.1%, from 2.119 million trips in Quarter 2 2017 to 2.248 million. See table 8.
  • The average duration of overseas trips made by Irish residents decreased from 6.8 nights in Quarter 2 2017 to 6.7 nights in Quarter 2 2018. See table 9.
  • Total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas increased by 12.3%, up from €1,281 million in Quarter 2 2017 to €1,438 million in Quarter 2 2018. When all fares are included, total expenditure on overseas trips increased by 10.0%, from €1,664 million to €1,831 million. See table 10.