Well folks, it's that time of the year again. Christmas is over and we all need something to talk about, particularly those in hard felt unemployment blighted remote locations. Surely it is time for us all to spend a few quid holidaying at home at some point this year.
I 've done a little research into this and whilst many people blame the weather the same need for the sun does not appear to be required elsewhere.
The most patriotic tourists in the EU based on a recent 2010 EU report appear to be the French (actually the Speanish 92%) and the least (aprt from Luxembourg) are the Belgians. We are below the average for EU behaviour which shows Europeans spend 77% of their holiday trips in their own country.
France = 89% of total trips were domestic
Belgium = 24% of total trips were domestic
Irl (26 counties) = 51% of total trips were domestic
However size you might say, sun you might say but why is it:
Finland = 85% of total trips were domestic
Sweden = 78% of total trips were domestic
Denmark = 78% of total trips were domestic
Our nearest neighbour the UK had 61% domestic.
It is worth noting that the Finnish enjoy plenty of holidays, 36125 in total (30695 domestic) compared to our 10638 total trips (5430 domestic).
The money spent on all these holidays is of course of huge value: 2009 figures show 898 million was spent on domestic tourism with a whopping 4.156 billion going foreign. The Finnish by comparison out of their total of 8.514 billion only spent 4.155 billion abroad with a hefty balance staying in their own economy 4.359 billion.
It would appear we are not keen on long trips at home (4 nights or more). Irish people had 1170 long trips at home against 3829 abroad. Of course this is why so much of the total expenditure is spent abroad.
If only some of those considering going abroad for a couple of weeks would even consider holidaying at home this year in total or deciding to take a week here and a week there.
I understand people want to go to the sun etc but some people seem to have a total aversion to holidaying at home and miss much of the real quality on offer.
The net injection into tourist regions would improve employment prospects locally and allow people to unify around a more common goal of getting the country going again and allowing an appreciation of the diversity within the Irish nation.
Unemployment rate Donegal in 2011 = 26%.
Clare in 2011 = 18.8
As part of nation building we need to rear our children to at least like Ireland and building fond memories here early on can help foster a love of the country in the future that will bear fruit economically. So whether you have children or not perhaps this year divert some of your money to the local tourist economy and keep some people in jobs and perhaps create new ones. You never know you might just love it.
Report courtesy of Eurostat: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cac...-11-049-EN.PDF