The number of overnight trips taken by Irish holidaymakers to Kilkenny last year was 76% less than the number recorded for pre-COVID-19 pandemic 2019, meaning the country experienced a bigger decrease in domestic tourism during the pandemic than anywhere else in Ireland, a new Fáilte Ireland-published reported has shown, according to The Irish Times.
As reported by The Irish Times, 93,000 Irish holidaymakers visited Kilkenny city and county last year, which compares to 387,000 in 2019, making it the 20th most popular destination in Ireland last year, following it being the 11th most popular destination in 2019, while spending by domestic tourists in Kilkenny declined by 67% last year from €8 million in 2019 to €16 million.
The above data is based on a Central Statistics Office (CSO) household travel survey combined with Fáilte Ireland spending estimates, according to The Irish Times.
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