According to the Household Travel Survey Quarter 3 2021 from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), Irish residents took close to three million domestic overnight trips in the third quarter of last year.
Trips And Bed Nights
In a statement published on its website, the CSO said that Irish residents took 2,808,000 domestic trips across July, August and September of last year, which was a 33% year-on-year decrease.
Said trips resulted in a little more than 10 million bed nights, 25.3% of which were in hotel accommodation.
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Total expenditure on domestic trips during the three month period was €776 million, €680 million of which was spent on holidays, and €67 million of which was spent on visits to friends or family.
Expenditure on holidays during the third quarter of last year decreased by 19.3% year-on-year, and expenditure on visits to friends and family decreased by 45.3% year-on-year.
Hotel accommodation was used for 971,000 domestic trips during last year's third quarter, and accommodation provided by friends or family was used for 836,000 trips. The former figure was a 28.7% year-on-year decrease from 1,362,000, and the latter figure was a 33.1% year-on-year decrease from 1,250,000, according to the CSO.
The CSO also noted that Irish residents took 585,000 outbound overnight trips in the third quarter of last year, resulting in close to 4.6 million bed nights and an expenditure figure of close to €557 million.
The CSO added that the number of outbound taken by Irish residents increased by 10.3% year-on-year in the third quarter of last year, but was close to 80% lower than the number recorded for the same period in pre-COVID-19 pandemic 2019.
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