Ireland saw 16.6% more visitors in Q1
The number of nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers increased by 16.2% in Q1 compared with the same period of the previous year, up from 10.0 million to 11.6 million.
The average duration of overseas trips to Ireland was 6.5 nights in Q1, the same as in Q1 2015. See table 6.
Total tourism and travel earnings from overseas travellers to Ireland increased by 18.7% between Q1 2015 and Q1, increasing from €780 million to €926 million.
When fares are excluded, total expenditure increased from €590 million to €693 million, an increase of 17.5% over the period.
In Q1, the number of trips made by Irish residents overseas increased by 13.1%, from 1.306 million trips in Q1 2015 to 1.478 million.
The average duration of overseas trips made by Irish residents increased from 7.1 nights in Q1 2015 to 7.2 nights in Q1.
Total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas increased by 22.3%, up from €794 million in Q1 2015 to €971 million in Q1. When all fares are included, total expenditure on overseas trips increased by 20.5%, from €980 million to €1,181 million. ■