Hotel And Flight Bookings Increased In Ireland In April
There was an increase in hotel and flight bookings in Ireland in April.
According to The Irish Times, while travel industry representatives welcomed the increase in bookings, they pointed out that it was coming off of a very low base, and said that it will be some time before the level of spending across the hospitality sector comes anywhere close to the level of spending across the sector before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Overall Consumer Spending
Overall consumer spending increased 3% in April from the level recorded for March. The date on which the highest level of consumer spending occurred last month was April 30, which was the day after the government announced plans to ease COVID-19-related restrictions.
These figures are based on AIB spending data, which reportedly indicates that the announcement of the resumption of inter-county travel permission and the reopening of hospitality businesses in the summer prompted a 30% month-on-month increase in spending on hotels in April.
Age Groups That Increased Spending On Travel Accommodation The Most And Least
AIB's Spend Trend report reportedly showed that individuals under the age of 25 increased their spending on travel accommodation the most in April, with a 38% rise in spending on travel accommodation occurring among under 25s last month, while individuals aged 45 to 54 increased their spending on travel accommodation the least last month.
Age Groups That Increased Spending On Airlines The Most And Least
The data, which is reportedly based on over one million AIB debit and credit card transactions that took place in April, also shows that individuals over the age of 65 increased their spending on airline services the most in April, with a 25% rise in spending on airline services from the level recorded for March occurring among over 65s last month, while individuals aged 25 to 34 increased their spending on airline services by just 2.2% last month.
Counties With The Highest Increases In Spending On Hotels
The AIB data suggests that Co. Carlow was the county in which spending on hotels increased the most in April, with the level of spending on hotels in Carlow rising by 47% last month, and the counties with the second and third highest levels of spending on hotels last month were Clare and Wicklow.
Counties With The Highest Increases In Spending On Airlines
The data also suggests that Co. Kerry was the county in which spending on airline services increased the most last month, with the level of spending on airline services in Kerry in April increasing by 65% from the level recorded in the county for March, while the level of spending on airline services in Co. Sligo in April increased by 46%.
Spending In Pubs, Off-Licences And Restaurants
According to The Irish Times, AIB spokesperson Rachel Naughton said that consumer spending in other hospitality businesses also increased in April, with the level of spending in pubs and off-licences last month being 35% higher than the level recorded for March, and the level of spending in restaurants last month being 9% higher than the level recorded for March.
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