Tourists turn backs on rural towns

The big cities are doing well this summer, but smaller towns are suffering, writes Nicola Cooke, Industry Correspondent.

11th August, 2012
Clare Leon, owner of Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre. Photo: Andy Jay

A survey from consultants Deloitte which was released last week had good news for Dublin hoteliers, revealing that occupancy levels in the city are up by 2 per cent to 70 per cent. But while the capital and some other tourism hotspots around the country are faring well this summer, the picture nationwide is a lot bleaker.

B&B lreland expects around 10 per cent of Ireland's 1,800 approved guesthouses to close their doors at the end of...

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