Trips to Ireland up 12.3% between April and June

Monday 28 July 2014 11.56
There have been more than 3.47m trips to Ireland in the first half of the year
There have been more than 3.47m trips to Ireland in the first half of the year

There were more than 2.12 million trips made to Ireland between April and June, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office, up 12.3% on the same period of last year.

This brings to 3.47 million the number of trips made to the country in the first half of the year – a 10.3% increase on figures for 2013.

During the most recent quarter, 837,700 trips were made by residents of Britain – a 15.2% rise on the same period of last year.

Around 395,000 residents of North America came to the country during the same time, up 12.8%, while trips from European countries aside from Britain increased by 9.3% to over 770,000.

During the same three month period, almost 1.8 million Irish residents made trips abroad – up 2.2% on the same period of last year.

This brings to 2.94 million the number of overseas trips made by Irish residents in the first half of the year, down almost 0.6% on the first six months of 2013.