Irish Economy 2014: The number of overseas trips
to Ireland by non-residents increased from 1.252m in Quarter 1 2013 to 1.343m
trips in Quarter 1 2014 (+7.3%), the CSO reported today. The number of nights
spent in Ireland by overseas travellers increased by 5.3% in Quarter 1 2014
compared with the same period of the previous year, up from 8.4m to 8.9m.
The average duration of overseas trips to Ireland
fell from 6.7 nights in Quarter 1 2013 to 6.6 nights in Quarter 1 2014. Total tourism and travel earnings from overseas
travellers to Ireland decreased by 0.9% between Quarter 1 2013 and Quarter 1
2014, down from €688m to €682m.
Trips by Irish residents overseas: In Quarter 1 2014, the number of trips made
by Irish residents overseas decreased by 4.6%, from 1.21m trips in Quarter 1
2013 to 1.15m.
The average duration of overseas trips made by
Irish residents fell from 7.3 nights in Quarter 1 2013 to 7.0 nights in Quarter
Total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish
residents overseas decreased by 9.8%, down from €828m in Quarter 1 2013 to €747m
in Quarter 1 2014. See table 10.
Niall Gibbons, CEO
of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s CSO figures
confirm that Holidaymakers from overseas grew by +8% in the first quarter of
2014, with growth recorded from all of our market areas around the world. I am
particularly pleased to see Holidaymakers from the Great Britain market showing
growth of +27%. While it is still very early days – the first quarter represents
only 18% of total overseas business with Easter falling later this year than
last– this is a strong start to the year and reflects the sentiment we are
hearing from our tourism industry partners in the Markets and here at home on
the island of Ireland. It augurs well for 2014 as a whole and Tourism Ireland
and our industry partners are rolling out a busy promotional programme around
the world to keep that momentum going and build on the success of 2013.
Gibbons continued: “This year, we are placing a
major focus on promoting the Wild Atlantic Way, the Causeway Coastal Route and
Titanic as well as on major events like Limerick City of Culture and the Croke
Park Classic. We will also build on the legacy of the Gathering, continuing to
reach out to the Diaspora across the world.”