Press Statement Household Travel Survey Quarter 1 2022

Tuesday, July 26, 2022. 1:15pm
Press Statement Household Travel Survey Quarter 1 2022

Irish residents took over two million domestic overnight trips in Quarter 1 2022

In Quarter 1 2022:

  • Irish residents took 2.3 million domestic overnight trips, an increase of 7% when compared with the same period in 2020, the last quarter before the onset of the pandemic.
  • Total expenditure on domestic overnight trips amounted to €471 million with those on holidays spending €292 million of this, while those visiting friends or relatives spent €83 million.
  • There were 78,000 domestic overnight business trips taken, which was down 43% on the same period in 2020.
  • There were almost 1.1 million outbound overnight trips taken by Irish residents, which represented a decrease of 31% when compared with Quarter 1 2020.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (26 July 2022) released Household Travel Survey Quarter 1 2022.

Commenting on the release, Brendan Curtin, Statistician in the Tourism and Travel Division, said:The figures provide information on domestic and international travel by Irish residents in the months of January, February and March 2022. When compared with the same period in 2021, the data demonstrates the strong recovery in travel as COVID-19 restrictions lessen. There were 2,308,000 domestic overnight trips taken in the first quarter of 2022 which was more than eight times the number of trips taken in Quarter 1 2021 (278,000). The number of outbound overnight trips increased to 1,089,000 in Quarter 1 2022 from 108,000 in Quarter 1 2021.

While domestic overnight holiday trips and visits to friends or relatives have returned to levels seen in Quarter 1 2020, domestic business trips are still down 43% on the pre-pandemic period in Quarter 1 2020.

For outbound travel, the number of overnight trips taken by Irish residents in Quarter 1 2022 remains significantly down on Quarter 1 2020 (-31%), with expenditure down by almost half (46%). The number of outbound overnight trips to European countries in Quarter 1 2022 was down 23%, while trips to all other outbound destinations were 69% lower than in the pre-pandemic period in Quarter 1 2020.”

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