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Tourist boards restructuring announced

10 August 2005 13:04
A radical restructuring of tourism promotion in Ireland is to be undertaken in an effort to tackle falling numbers of visitors outside Dublin.

The marketing and promotion of tourism destinations outside Dublin is to be centrally integrated, while cutbacks are expected in up to 68 of the country’s tourist offices.

However, a spokesman for the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O’Donoghue, stressed that no job cuts were likely and said the regional tourist authorities supported the plans.

The move comes against a background of falling visitor numbers outside Dublin. The number of tourists travelling to the regions was down 14% between 1999 and 2003.

Under the new plan recommended by consultants PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the marketing activities of regional tourist authorities, with the exception of Dublin, will be overseen in future by Failte Ireland.

Up to 68 of the country’s tourist offices could face cutbacks or downsizing.

Dublin Tourism, which will continue to operate independently, has welcomed the implementation of the report.

A spokesman for the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation said that Ireland needed to respond to changes in visitor profiles and the challenges presented by budget airlines.

While Dublin has performed well, he added, it cannot afford to rest on its laurels.

I was talking to an angler in the UK last week who hasn’t been here since 2002; the reason he said was that there is nothing to catch any more.

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