|Source: CSO |
Trips by overseas visitors to Ireland in June, fell 3% compared with the same month last year, according to the CSO. The fall was mainly due to a 10% decline in the numbers travelling from North America and an 8% fall in trips from UK.
The number of trips to Ireland fell by just over 3% to 749,900 in June 2008 compared to the corresponding month in 2007. Trips to Ireland by residents of North America fell by over 10% to 132,400, as did those from the UK, falling by 8% to 325,000. These contributed largely to the overall fall in the number of trips to Ireland.
Total Overseas trips by Irish residents in June 2008 amounted to 768,300 which was just marginally more than that of June 2007. For the first six months of 2008, the number of overseas trips grew by just over 5% to 3,813,300 compared to the same period in 2007. However, the rate of growth was far less than the 14.2% achieved between the same periods in 2006 and 2007.