Trips to Ireland by UK visitors down 2.4%

Wednesday 27 March 2013 11.43
A total of 1,176,100 trips made to Ireland in three months from December to February
A total of 1,176,100 trips made to Ireland in three months from December to February

New Central Statistics Office figures show that the total number of trips to Ireland rose by 2.6% in the three months from December to February.

The CSO says that trips to Ireland rose by 30,200 to a total of 1,176,100 compared to the same three month period a year earlier.

Breaking down the figures, they show that visits by North American residents increased by almost 10% to 141,600.

Trips by residents in Europe grew by 5.7% to 393,400 and trips here from other areas jumped over 15% to 77,700.

However visits by residents of the UK to Ireland fell by 2.4% to 563,500.

The CSO figures also reveal that the total number of trips made by Irish people during the three month period eased by 0.6% to 1,360,000 in the three months from December to February.