Published on : Thursday, June 20, 2019
There was a huge increase in both overseas and domestic travel by Irish residents in 2018 as per Central Statistics Office (CSO). Over 8.6 million outbound trips were taken by Irish residents in 2018 which was an increase of 5.8 per cent as against 2017. It amounted to a total of 60 million bed nights overseas. About 73 per cent or three-fourth of these bed nights were within the European Union.
The average length of stay on those trips was 7 nights, varying from 6 nights within the European Union, 11.6 nights in North America and 33.3 nights in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Spain and the United Kingdom remain the most popular destinations for those going overseas.
In total, Irish residents spent 7.4 billion euros on outbound travel last year, with 1.5 billion euros spent in Spain. The USA and Canada was the next highest at 1.2 billion euros, with the UK third at 1.1 billion euros.
There were 1.78 million trips to Spain, as against 1.75 million in 2017, while the U.K. saw 2.7 million trips in 2018, up from 2.5 million the previous year.
Irish residents overseas tend to favour hotel accommodation over alternatives, with 22.3 million nights spent in hotels in comparison to 13 million spent in self-catering or rental accommodation.
They took more than 10.9 million domestic trips in 2018, which was a rise by 13.4 per cent in comparison to 2017. About 49 per cent of domestic trips were holidays, and 34 per cent of them were classed as visits to friends or relatives. It proved a major economic boost as the total spend on domestic trips in 2018 amounted to 2 billion euros. About 1.2 billion euros of this was spent by those taking holidays. The remaining ones were those who visited friends or relatives, or those who travelled for business.