Fáilte Ireland has welcomed the publication of the CSO’s Household Travel Survey for the end of 2014 which shows that domestic trips grew by 3% and domestic holidays increased by 4% last year.
The main results in today’s statistics include: There were 4 million domestic trips taken by Irish residents in 2014 representing an increase of 3% on 2013;
Revenue from domestic trips grew by 7% to €1.5 billion;
A total of 6 million domestic holiday trips were taken last year - up 4% on 2013,
Domestic holiday expenditure was €852 million – an increase of 1% on 2013.
Domestic trips involving stays in hotels increased by 4% with nights in hotels growing by 2%.
Speaking today, Fáilte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn commented: “While increases in overseas numbers are vital for revenue and growth, a vibrant domestic market is still necessary to underpin and sustain the jobs and infrastructure needed to provide for an effective and capable tourism sectorin the first place. On that basis, today’s figures are very welcome.
“The impressive performance of the domestic tourism market last year is also welcome as it sustains many businesses and communities outside of the major tourism hotspots and beyond the high season.
“The CSO figures show that the domestic market remains robust, thanks primarily to the competitive advantage the sector now has in terms of quality and value.
Fáilte Ireland will be playing its part this year to strengthen this domestic performance through relentless marketing – both traditional and online - of the Discover Ireland brand”.
Irish Ferries is celebrating the opening of Alton Towers’ new Octonauts Rollercoaster with a buy-one-get-one-free offer this Easter.
Valid for departures up to May 20th next, the offer equates to €499 for a three-nights stay with breakfast in the nearby Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel for a family of 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years inclusive of return car ferry crossing and one full day at Alton Towers.
Bookings can be made on 0818 300 400. For further information visit www.irishferries.com/alton