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CSO reports overseas trips to Ireland up 10.8% in 2Q2016
03 September 2016 (Edited 03 September 2016)

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Central Statistics Office reports overseas visits to Ireland up 10.8% overall, from 2345 in 2Q2015 to 2599.

Of those 2599 total visits, 1257 (48%) were for holiday/leisure/recreation.

The total number of bednights spent in Ireland by overseas travelers increased by 5.3% vs. 2Q2015, but the average overseas trip duration fell from 7.0 nights to 6.7. (That seeming contradiction comes about because the 2599-2345=254 added trips more than compensated for the average trip duration being 4% shorter.)

Looking at trends in bednights by source market, in 2Q2016:

  • UK: +10% (Remember that all but one week of 2Q2016 was history by the date of the Brexit vote.)
  • Europe: +7%
  • USA & Canada: -4% (perhaps because of weak Loonie)
  • All Other: +8% (probably largely related to growth in Asian markets)

Total expenditures by overseas travelers while in Ireland, excluding fares, increased by 67M euro (+6%).

For much more slicing and dicing of the 2Q2016 data, see the CSO report.

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