Results of a new EU poll show that just 0.6% of Europeans plan to visit Ireland this year – the same number as plan to visit Bulgaria or Australia.
The most popular destinations for European tourists are Spain (6.6%), Italy (5.8%) France (4.4%), the USA (3.5%) and Greece (3.1%). (Note: These figures exclude countries' own nationals planning to holiday at home).
The Eurobarometer poll also tells us that Irish people are the third most likely to holiday abroad (only exceeded by Denmark and tiny Luxembourg) with 55% of them planning a holiday abroad in 2011. Just 18% will holiday at home while 27% have no holiday plans.