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Irish Residents Took 2.3m Domestic Overnight Trips In Q1

By Dave Simpson

According to the CSO, Irish residents took 2.3 million domestic overnight trips during the first quarter of this year.

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The number of domestic overnight trips taken by Irish residents in Q1 2022 was a 7% increase on the number taken during the same quarter in pre-COVID-19 pandemic 2020, according to statement published on CSO.ie, which also noted that total expenditure on domestic overnight trips during Q1 2022 was €471 million, with those on holidays spending €292 million of that figure while those visiting friends or relatives spent €83 million; the number of domestic overnight business trips taken during Q1 2022 decreased by 43% when compared to Q1 2020 to 78,000; and the number of outbound overnight trips taken by Irish residents during Q1 2022 decreased by 31% when compared to Q1 2020 to close to 1.1 million.

Statements By Statistician

The statement published on CSO.ie included a statement from statistician in the tourism and travel division Brendan Curtin that said, "The figures provide information on domestic and international travel by Irish residents in the months of January, February and March 2022. When compared with the same period in 2021, the data demonstrates the strong recovery in travel as COVID-19 restrictions lessen. There were 2,308,000 domestic overnight trips taken in the first quarter of 2022 which was more than eight times the number of trips taken in Quarter 1 2021 (278,000). The number of outbound overnight trips increased to 1,089,000 in Quarter 1 2022 from 108,000 in Quarter 1 2021.

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"While domestic overnight holiday trips and visits to friends or relatives have returned to levels seen in Quarter 1 2020, domestic business trips are still down 43% on the pre-pandemic period in Quarter 1 2020.

"For outbound travel, the number of overnight trips taken by Irish residents in Quarter 1 2022 remains significantly down on Quarter 1 2020 (-31%), with expenditure down by almost half (46%). The number of outbound overnight trips to European countries in Quarter 1 2022 was down 23%, while trips to all other outbound destinations were 69% lower than in the pre-pandemic period in Quarter 1 2020."

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