DUBLIN, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The number of overseas trips to Ireland totalled 1.921 million in the first quarter of this year, up 6.95 percent compared with the same period last year, said Central Statistics Office (CS0) on Wednesday.
Total earnings from the overseas visitors to the country in the period reached 1.079 billion euros (1.27 billion U.S. dollars), an increase of 14.2 percent over a year ago, said CSO, adding that the earnings included the fares paid by them to Irish air and sea carriers.
The average duration of the overseas visitors in Ireland rose from 6.2 nights in Quarter 1 2017 to 6.5 nights in Quarter 1 2018, it said.
The CSO statistics also showed that the number of trips made by Irish residents overseas totalled 1.599 million in the first three months of this year, up slightly by 1.9 percent year-on-year.
They spent a total of 1.299 billion euros including fares while travelling abroad in the period, 10.7 percent more than they did in the first quarter of last year, it said. (1 euro=1.179 U.S. dollars)