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Dublin lags behind rest of Ireland in tourism spend as foreign visitors finally return

Tourists from China and France topped the increase in spending, while those from the UK spent a lot less 


Tourists in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photo: PA

Tourists in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photo: PA

Tourists in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photo: PA

Tourist spending in Dublin increased by 8pc in the second quarter of the year. However, this growth fell well short of national levels, according to the latest MasterCard Spending Pulse.

Outside of the capital, tourism spending in Q2 rose by 25pc over the first quarter of the year.

Tourism spending outside of Dublin also rose 294pc year-on-year, while tourists in Dublin only spent 72pc more this year than the same period in 2021.

The report attributed the decision of tourists to spend further afield to rapidly rising hospitality costs in the city. As well as this, spending from UK tourists fell by a fifth in the quarter.

However, tourism spending by visitors from China and France grew by 81pc and 21.3pc respectively across the second quarter of the year.

“The net result is that while the long queues due to the travel recovery are challenging, the positive economic impact on the community and the country are compelling,” said global head of Spending Pulse Michael McNamara.

Overall retail spending in Dublin grew in the second quarter, as inflation rose.

Retail spend in the capital was up by 1.6pc, with particular growth noted in the entertainment industry. This sector grew by 9.2pc over the quarter in Dublin as summer holidays commenced.

Necessities and household goods also saw a rise in spending, by 1.5pc and 1.7pc respectively over the quarter.

Dublin’s retail spending overall grew 7.4pc year-on-year, with restrictions in place for the comparative period last year. Nationally, total retail spending followed a similar trajectory, rising 8.3pc year-on-year.

Shoppers across Ireland have also spent more on household goods over the year, with spending rising by 4.2pc. Consumers nationwide also opted to spend 104.5pc more on hospitality and entertainment in the second quarter of 2022 compared with the year prior.

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Last week, the CSO published the latest Air and Sea Travel Statistics, which showed that 1,703,200 overseas passengers arrived in Ireland in June.

“This shows a dramatic recovery compared with June 2021, when 160,000 overseas passengers arrived,” said statistician Gregg Patrick.

“However, overseas arrivals remain significantly lower (12pc) than pre-pandemic June 2019, when 1,941,100 overseas passengers arrived.”

Over half a million of those visitors arrived from Great Britain, while Spanish routes proved to be the busiest, with over 250,000 passengers arriving on these routes.

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