Friday September 25, 2020

Whisper it: the truth about Irish tourism

If Irish emigrants coming home from Britain for family events are being counted as tourists, how can we believe the homecoming event's hype, asks Conall O Morain.

13th July, 2013
The Gathering might not be all it appears to be -- are those returning home to see their families being counted as visitors?

My niece has just had a baby. Naturally, there has been much rejoicing at the child's birth: she is the first born of the wider family's next generation. It's likely that Tourism Ireland has been celebrating the baby's birth as well. This child will help boost our official tourism numbers.

Like so many others, due to what appears to be a genetic inability of the Irish political classes to manage an economy, the mother, the...

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