Cork revealed as most popular staycation destination

Cork revealed as most popular staycation destination
Baltimore, Cork, Ireland. 03rd August, 2020. Holiday makers visiting the Beacon on a lovely bank holiday weekend in Baltimore, Co. Cork. - Picture; David Creedon / Anzenberger

Cork has been revealed as the most popular staycation destination nationally, according to data compiled by AIB.

The data revealed that Dublin people’s top choice for a staycation is Cork while people from Cork prefer to visit Kerry on their holidays.

Kerry was a close second to Cork for most popular staycations destination this year.

The data revealed that people are generally staying local for their holidays, with most consumers visiting their neighbouring counties. Kerry and Waterford residents are also choosing Cork and Kilkenny people are choosing nearby Waterford to holiday.

Data compiled from over one million AIB debit and credit card transactions up to August 3 also revealed that the average domestic card transaction in key hospitality sectors is up year on year.

Nationally, the average card transaction in pubs that have reopened and are serving food has increased 50% year on year which may be as a result of the requirement for a €9 meal to be purchased.

Separately, the average card transaction in restaurants is up 17% year on year, with the average transaction in hotels up 16% year on year. Overall, the number of transactions is still down year on year.

The average spend in pubs since reopening is €35.86, in restaurants is €27.26, on hotels is €80.25, and on attractions is €22.31.

During the month of July which was the first full month of reopening since lockdown, consumers spent €19 million in the pub, €30 million in restaurants and €28 million in hotels. However, spend is still down when compared with July 2019.

Head of SME Banking, AIB, Rachel Naughton, said that “encouraging signs within the tourism and hospitality sectors” were seen in the first month of reopening after business and tourism came to a “complete standstill” as a result of Covid-19.

“Notably the average AIB card transaction amount in these key sectors is up compared with the same period last year. This can be attributed to pent-up demand and increased preference for card usage.

“However, although we have seen some early positive indicators these businesses will need vital supports over the next twelve months to get them through this difficult period and help them start recovering from what has been a devastating period for all businesses,” she said.

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