The Central Statistics Office's new figures reveal trips to and from Ireland were up in Quarter 1 2018. 

Compared to the 1.796 million overseas trips made by non-residents to Ireland in Quarter 1 2017, Quarter 1 2018 saw a 6.9% increase with 1.921 million trips taken by non-residents.

The CSO noted that the number of nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers reached a 12% increase from 11.1 million to 12.5 million. Similarly, the average duration of overseas trips to Ireland rose from 6.2 to 6.5 nights.

The earnings from overseas travel and tourism increased 14.2%, from €945 million to €1,079 million, and when fares are excluded earnings still reached a 16.2% increase, from €684 million to €795 million. 

Overseas trips taken by Irish residents are up 1.9% in Quarter 1 2018 with the average duration up from 6.0 to 6.2 nights. 

The total travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas is up 10.0% from Quarter 1 2017 and with all fares included expenditure on overseas trips increased by 10.7% to €1,299 million.