Irish residents took fewer domestic trips in the first three months of the year when compared to the same period of 2012, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office.

The number of outbound trips being undertaken in the first quarter of the year also fell slightly, caused by a decrease in the number of people taking holidays or visiting relatives overseas.

There were 1.31 million domestic trips taken between January and March 2013, according to the CSO, 7.3% lower than in the first three months of last year.

The number of visits to friends or relatives rose to 539,000, however there were nearly 100,000 fewer domestic holidays taken during the period.

The number of domestic business trips fell slightly to 92,000.

Total expenditure for these trips was €222 million according to the figures, half of which was spent by those on holidays.

In terms of outbound travel, there were more than 1.28 million overseas trips taken in the first quarter of the year - 1.9% lower than in the same period of 2012.

The number of outbound holidays undertaken fell 19,000 to 592,000, while the number of visits to overseas friends or relatives was down 28,000 to 351,000.

The number of business trips rose to 178,000, however, 40,000 more than in the first quarter of 2012.

Irish residents spent more than €1 billion on these outbound trips, more than half of which went on holidays.