New data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows domestic tourism recovered strongly in 2022.
A total of 13.3 million domestic trips were taken in 2022. This represents an increase of 14% on 2019, with nights growing by 16%. Total spend for the period was €2.9 billion, which is an increase of 36% on 2019.
At 6.6 million, total holiday trips in 2022 were up 14% on 2019, with holiday nights up by 16%. Holiday spend increased by 39% vs. 2019 to almost €1.9 billion.
The average spend for all trips and holiday trips in 2022 was €221 and €281 respectively.
At 4.6 million, visits to friends and/ or relatives were up by 18% on 2019, with nights and spend increasing by 18% and 36% respectively.
Trips for all other reasons at 1.6 million grew by 12% vs. 2019, with nights (+9%) and spend (+26%) also up.
“Today’s strong results are hugely positive for tourism and for our economy,” said CEO of Fáilte Ireland Paul Kelly.
“They show the passion that consumers have for discovering our beautiful country and experiencing the many quality visitor experiences that Ireland is famous for. In addition to the CSO data our own research shows that visitor satisfaction with their trip stands at 79%.
“The domestic market is critical for sustainable recovery and plays a key role in driving regional and seasonal spread.”