Friday, August 30, 2013

30/8/2013: Some Good Stats on Travel to Ireland: July 2013

Some decent numbers on travel to Ireland:

Summary table:

Particularly encouraging are the following data points:

  1. May-July figures are up 5.24% on same period 2011, and this is in excess of January-July increase of 4.60%. The significance here is that in May-July we had fewer EU Presidency activities in Ireland, thus trips to Ireland during this period are more likely reflective of tourism, rather than of bureaucravel from Brussels.
  2. North American visits are up solidly +16.5% for May-July 2013 on same period 2011 and +13.4% for January-July 2013 on same period in 2011.
  3. Trips to Ireland from areas other then EU, Other Europe, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Other Oceania are up in May-July on 2011 and 2012 levels, though they are still slightly down for H1 2013 compared to H1 2013.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't see why this is particularly good news from an economic perspective. I'm travelling home from Europe more regularly. I'm coming home once every 7 to 8 weeks. I'm not actually spending an awful lot here. I stay with family. Ryanair make a small amount out of me. DAA make a small amount out of me in airport charges. Apart from that I'm not spending much. I didn't even rent a car last time I was back. A lot of those returning in recent years are like me; migrants.
The numbers of Irish residents flying abroad is about the same as foreign residents flying in. If I and those like me aren't spending much then I'd suspect the Irish residents flying abroad are holidaying(not with family living elsewhere) and there is a net drain to the economy. I don't think Ireland is either a net tourist destination or business destination based on those figures.

BTW. I enjoy the weekend Art posts a lot.