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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Tourism and Travel

Quarter 1 2018

  Overseas trips to Ireland Trips by Irish residents overseas
‘000 ‘000
Reason for journeyJan - Mar 2017Jan - Mar 2018 Jan - Mar 2017Jan - Mar 2018
Business351351 236231
Visits to Friends/Relatives548529 441404
Holiday/Leisure/Recreation691796 855928
Other206244 3737
Total1,7961,921 1,5691,599

Overseas trips to Ireland increased by 6.9% for the period January to March 2018

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Overseas trips to Ireland:

  • The number of overseas trips to Ireland by non-residents increased from 1.796 million in Quarter 1 2017 to 1.921 million trips in Quarter 1 2018 (+6.9%). See table 1.
  • The number of nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers increased by 12.0% in Quarter 1 2018 compared with the same period of the previous year, up from 11.1 million to 12.5 million. See table 4.
  • The average duration of overseas trips to Ireland rose  from 6.2 nights in Quarter 1 2017 to 6.5 nights in Quarter 1 2018. See table 6.
  • Total tourism and travel earnings from overseas travellers to Ireland increased by 14.2% between Quarter 1 2017 and Quarter 1 2018, increasing from €945 million to €1,079 million. When fares are excluded, total expenditure increased from €684 million to €795 million, an increase of 16.2% over the period. See table 7.

 

Trips by Irish residents overseas:

  • In Quarter 1 2018, the number of trips made by Irish residents overseas increased by 1.9%, from 1.569 million trips in Quarter 1 2017 to 1.599 million. See table 8.
  • The average duration of overseas trips made by Irish residents increased from 6.0 nights in Quarter 1 2017 to 6.2 nights in Quarter 1 2018. See table 9.
  • Total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas increased by 10.0%, up from €952 million in Quarter 1 2017 to €1,047 million in Quarter 1 2018. When all fares are included, total expenditure on overseas trips increased by 10.7%, from €1,173 million to €1,299 million. See table 10.