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Tourism numbers dip 1.2pc in first Q
Wednesday, 2nd May 2012 11.31am

The total number of trips to Ireland decreased by 1.2pc to 1,165,100 in the first quarter of this year, an overall decrease of 13,700 compared to the same period twelve months earlier, latest CSO figures show.

Trips by residents of North America to Ireland decreased by 6.5pc to 144,700 while trips by residents of European Countries other than Great Britain (Other Europe) decreased by 3.7pc to 392,800.

Visitors from Other Areas decreased by 0.6pc to 65,200.

However, visitors from Great Britain increased by 2.1pc to 562,400.

The total number of overseas trips made by Irish residents decreased by 2.5pc to 1,234,800.

The total number of trips (Irish residents' trips overseas plus trips to Ireland) in the period January to March 2012 decreased by 1.9pc to 2,399,900 when compared with the same period twelve months earlier.

For the period January to March 2011, there was an annual decrease of 3.1pc in the total number of trips taken when compared to the previous corresponding period.

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