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Seven in 10 people in the Republic opt for staycation this year with 15% planning to visit the north

The view from Slieve Donard in the Mournes
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Seven in 10 Republic of Ireland residents say they will take a holiday at home before November, new research shows.

The south-west region is the most popular destination for residents intending to take an overnight domestic trip in the next 12 months, followed by the west and south-east regions at 20% and 13% respectively.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) compiled the Intention to Travel Survey during the last week of April and first week of May.

It revealed that some 73.6% of people say they will take an overnight domestic trip within the next six months.

More than 32% of people say they will take an overseas trip, while some 15% of people will take a trip to Northern Ireland.

Just under three-quarters of those intending to take an overnight domestic trip in the next 12 months are planning to use it for holidays, leisure and recreation purposes, while 22% plan to visit friends and relatives.

Those who are intending to make an overnight domestic business trip account for just 1.1% of people.

The survey found that almost two-thirds of adults had cancelled an overnight trip due to Covid-19 since March 2020.

More than half cancelled overnight overseas trips due to the pandemic, while 39% cancelled overnight domestic trips.

While 47.3% of people intend to travel abroad in 2021, 34.5% intend to take their next trip outside the island of Ireland in 2022 or later, and the remainder (18.2%) are not thinking about trips abroad at present.

One-fifth of those intending to take an overnight domestic trip in the coming year plan to use self-catering accommodation, while 56.7% will use a hotel, guesthouse or B&B accommodation.

Statistician Brendan Curtin said: “The findings of the survey reveal that while almost two-thirds (64.6%) of Irish residents aged 18 and over had cancelled an overnight trip due to Covid-19 since March 2020, seven in 10 people (73.6%) intend to take an overnight domestic trip within the next six months.

“For overseas trips, 47.3% of people intend to travel abroad in 2021, 34.5% intend to take their next trip outside the island of Ireland in 2022 or later, and the remainder (18.2%) are not thinking about trips abroad at present.”

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