Tourism in the west of Ireland is in “serious decline", a study has claimed. The report by the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC) found a huge increase in short-stay tourism centred on Dublin, but worrying losses along the western seaboard.
Between 1999 and 2004, Dublin enjoyed a 41 per cent surge in overseas visitors' bed nights. Over the same period, the Shannon region experienced a 39 per cent decline.
ITIC chief executive Eamon McKeon said buoyant domestic tourism...
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