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73pc book trips online

THE majority of Irish people used the internet to book their holidays in 2012, new European research has discovered.

Almost three in four people here (73pc) went online – which is one of the highest in Europe and well above the EU average.

Only 16pc of Irish people booked their holiday over the counter at a travel agency in 2012 and only 14pc believe travel agencies are an important source of information when deciding on their holidays. They are far more likely to rely on the information provided by their family/friends or the internet.

This year a large chunk of people (15pc) are planning a staycation. However, less than 1pc of Europeans are planning to come to Ireland for their main holiday.