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Friday 9 December 2016

Irish residents choose more home trips

Travel

Irish residents made 6pc more domestic trips in 2014 than the previous year, according to a survey from the Central Statistics Office.

Each trip lasted an average of two-and-a-half nights, resulting in four million bed nights.

The total expenditure on domestic trips in the given quarter amounted to €324m, with almost €155m of this accounted for by those on holidays.

In total, Irish residents took over 1.65 million trips in quarter four of 2014, with around 7.4 million domestic trips being taken throughout the entire year.

The number of trips taken abroad last year increased by almost 10pc, with a total of 6.7 million outbound trips taken by Irish residents throughout all of last year.

Irish people spent almost €1.2bn on outbound trips in the last three months of 2014, with €661m spent on holidays and €244m on visiting friends or relatives while another €204m was spent on business trips.

Within the European Union, the UK remains the most popular destination for travel in terms of number of trips.

Over 2.3 million journeys to the UK were made last year and Irish residents' second most popular destination was Spain, with over 1.3 million trips made last year.

The average length of stay on outbound trips was eight nights, varying from seven nights within the European Union, 14.2 nights in North America and 23.3 nights in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.

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