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Published on : Thursday, August 11, 2016
The highlights from the data with regard to domestic travel include:
• Irish residents took over 2 million domestic trips in the first quarter of 2016 generating €327 million;
• Almost half (46%) of these trips, (958,000) were holidays – no doubt due to the timing of Easter and St Patrick’s Day in 2016 – with €193 million spent on domestic holidays in the first three months of the year;
• Over three-quarters of a million (754,000) trips were to visit friends and family, accounting for €64 million;
• Hotels are one of the most popular forms of accommodation for Irish residents travelling in the 1st quarter of 2016, accounting for approximately 1.7 million nights spent away from home.
Welcoming the figures, Fáilte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn said:
“Today’s first quarter performance is very welcome as we need a robust home holiday market to sustain many tourism businesses all year round. Fáilte Ireland is running a strong home holiday campaign in 2016 and we have also funded a large programme of festivals throughout the year and across the country to generate both overseas and domestic visitor activity. I am confident that the domestic market will continue to play its part throughout the rest of 2016 to sustain tourism growth and support businesses and employment in every part of the country.”
Fáilte Ireland also today welcomed the CSO’s introduction of an improved methodology which provides more accurate estimates of the domestic travel market. The revisions demonstrate that in fact about 20% more domestic trips are taken each year than was previously estimated. For example, there were 9.1 million trips in 2015 rather than the 7.5 million previously estimated – further emphasising the important contribution of the domestic market to the recovery in the tourism sector.
Source:- Failte Ireland
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