• Cyril McAree

Trips to Ireland Increased By 4.1% In February 2020

The time period reported in this release (February 2020) is before the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Given the seriousness of the crisis, the CSO suspended its tourism surveys at all airports and seaports in early March. This means that this will be the last detailed release for this monthly statistical series for an indefinite period. For the reference months affected, the CSO will endeavour to publish summary statistics on the total numbers of overseas travellers, based on passenger data received from the airports and principal sea carriers. However, a breakdown by country of residence will no longer be available for this upcoming period.

There were 615,200 trips to Ireland by overseas residents in February 2020, an increase of 4.1% compared to 12 months earlier.

Trips by residents of Great Britain increased by 9.3% to 282,100 while trips by residents of European Countries other than Great Britain (Other Europe) increased by 4.3% to 217,800. Trips by residents of USA and Canada to Ireland decreased by 6.3% to 81,300 while trips to Ireland from Other Areas decreased by 8.1% to 33,900. Irish residents made 559,000 overseas trips in February 2020, an increase of 0.5% compared to one year earlier. The total number of trips (Irish residents’ trips overseas plus trips to Ireland) in February 2020 increased by 2.4% to 1,174,200 when compared to twelve months earlier. In the two months to the end of February 2020, the total number of trips to Ireland increased by 2.2% when compared with the same period in 2019. Irish residents' trips overseas during the same period increased by 1.3%.

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