CSO figures suggest overseas trips to Ireland increased 16.6pc up to March from 1.531m in 2015. Overnights are up 16.2pc to 11.6m, Average duration is 6.5 nights (unchanged). Earnings are up 18.7pc.
Weaknesses in the Irish public transport system continue to frustrate and deter tourists, a report for the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation concludes. The report notes the growth in non-car tourism and anticipates there could be 5.3m non-car tourists in Ireland by 2020. The report notes Ireland is behind its mainland European competitors in public transport facilities and says rural transport providers need to integrate scheduled services with key tourism facilities. Picture shows Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of ITIC.
Ireland will host the 2017 Travel Classics International writers’ conference. The four-day conference, which will be attended by writers from Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar and other publications, will take place along Ireland’s Ancient East. Fáilte Ireland will be organising pre and post fam trips.
Waterford council spent €1,000 a kilometre to clean up the R680 tourist route, between Kilmeaden and Carrick-on-Suir.
Dublin-based Express Bus Ltd took legal action over the Minister for Transport’s failure to renew its operating licence.
A tourist support office for victims of crime who are visiting Dublin has opened in Pearse Street Garda Station by the Irish Tourist Assistance Service. ITAS, which has assisted over 14,000 tourist crime victims since its inception, will operate from the station seven days a week. The service offered is free and confidential and will include emotional support and practical assistance which can include help with obtaining Emergency Travel Documents from embassies, rescheduling travel plans with airlines, accessing funds and complimentary accommodation, meals and transport in emergency situations.
Fáilte Ireland launched its domestic TV campaign to promote Ireland’s Ancient East.
Picture shows the free City Sightseeing Dublin Bloomsday vintage bus tour.
Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland launched the final door in the Door of Thrones promotion at Mary McBride’s, Cushendun, Co Antrim.
Bus Éireann’s Cork Harbour open top bus tour operates again this summer with a hop-on, hop-off service of Cork city, Fota Wildlife Park and Cobh.
Fáilte Ireland hosted 30 golf tour operators along the Wild Atlantic Way, staying and playing in the Northwest. The event was organised in partnership with the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) and Tourism Ireland.
Fáilte Ireland hosted a group of bloggers on a tour of Ireland’s Ancient East. Picture shows the group at Loughcrew Cairns.
Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way virtual reality experience can be downloaded via apps and desktop.
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