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Tourism boost as 90,000 planning a hotel staycation

Following this year's encouraging inbound tourism figures, there's also cause for cheer in the hotel industry.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 1.8 million overseas visitors came to Ireland between April and June -- a jump of over 15pc on the same period last year.

And figures out today from a global booking chain show a massive 104pc year-on-year increase in domestic hotel searches across some Irish regions.

Ebookers.ie estimates that 90,000 Irish holidaymakers are planning a staycation this year, with Dublin on top in the popularity stakes.

Dublin has seen a 124pc jump in searches, with Killiney Bay up 400pc, Slane rising by 377pc and Killaloe in Co Clare up 130pc.

The capital is closely followed by Co Galway and Cork, with Killarney, Kilkenny and Limerick also popular.

"We know our customers are looking to make the most of their money when planning their next break away and it's great to see people taking advantage of the fantastic scenery and city break destinations available on their doorstep," said website marketing manager Jen Quinlan, who added that the site had 500 Irish hotels on offer.