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This summer will see Irish people spend more as majority haven’t taken holidays in over a year – survey reveals

DUBLIN: Various surveys show that Irish people are gearing up to celebrate the summer as the country exits COVID-19 restrictions. A new survey has found that the average family in Ireland plans to spend up to €1,000 to celebrate the summer holidays.

At the same time, bookings are almost complete at many major centres across the country, even at regularly non-busy home stays. Figures also indicate that rents have risen by at least 30%.

A survey of 1,000 people for the Europcar Mobility Group Ireland by iReach found that 45% of people want to spend up to €1,000 on home holidays. About a quarter (23%) plan to spend more than €1,000 on their staycations.

According to central bank data, household savings increased by €15 billion to €131 billion during the Pandemic.

Europcar says 69% of young people (18-24 years old) believe that staycations are less expensive than foreign holidays. The survey also found that 63% of people have not taken a holiday since March 2020.

International travel has been flagged since July 19, but most people (56%) plan to spend the holidays at home in 2021, according to other recent surveys.

According to Europcar research, the West Coast (46%) is the most popular staycation destination in Ireland, followed by the South Coast (21%), East Coast (14%), and midlands (13pc).

“Ireland has been offering wonderful experiences to overseas tourists for decades and now we get to rediscover our own country,” said Colm Brady, managing director of Europcar here.

CCPC Survey

According to research conducted by the Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in May, 62% said they were planning staycations. Only one in five plans to go on holiday abroad in 2021.

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