Trips abroad by Irish people in Q1 of 2010 fell, but not nearly as sharply as incoming visitors. Irish people made 448,900 foreign journeys, down 10.6pc on the same time last year.
The latest Central Statistics Office figures reveal that 313,800 people came to Ireland during the first month of the year, down from 424,200 in January 2009, with a particularly sharp fall in British visitors (32pc) and European visitors (29pc), but a smaller 2pc fall in American tourists.
It is estimated that over the Easter weekend in 2010, Ireland could yield around €25m for the economy -- with 50,000 overseas visitors expected.
Revenue from tourism in Ireland fell €1bn to €5.2bn during 2009, a drop of almost 17%. Income from the sector is now at 2004 levels.
The European countries who have been most effected in a decline in arrivals and nights spent in the country are Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, and Slovakia. All these countries reported declines in the range of 15-25%