This week we look at Google’s ongoing Community Mobility Report to see how three key location types have fared this so far year in terms of average monthly visitor numbers and duration (residential). The data shows how visitors to (or time spent in) categorised places change compared to baseline days. The baseline day is the median value from the 5‑week period Jan 3 – Feb 6, 2020.
Retail and recreation covers mobility trends for places such as restaurants, cafés, shopping centres, museums, libraries and cinemas. From a low of -61% at the start of the year it is now close to baseline at -3%, following the lifting or relaxation of many of the restrictions relating to hospitality and entertainment.
Visits to supermarkets and pharmacies has flipped from -17% to +17% while conversely time spent in places of residence has declined from +21% in January to just +5% to date this month, indicating that Irish people are increasingly spending more time out of home.
In its latest transport bulletin the CSO has reported that car traffic volumes are now at 87% of July 2019 levels in the Dublin area and 90% of July 2019 levels in regional locations. Latest available data for the week beginning 26 July show that car traffic volumes were 119% higher in selected regional sites compared with week 1 of this year.
Hospitality spending rose again in July
Spending in the hospitality sector rose again in July as it continued to reopen to include indoor dining for those who are fully vaccinated.
According to the AIB Spend Trend, spending was up 30% in hotels, 28% in pubs and 10% in restaurants. Meanwhile, spending on airline tickets was up 19% as people started to travel internationally again. All this points to a pent up demand for experiences being realised as restrictions relax and vaccination uptake progresses, especially among younger age groupings, who traditionally tend to be more socially active.