Archive for May 18th, 2009

The sinking of the Irish tourist industry?

18 May 2009

By Lisa-Marie Griffith

As a tour guide I find it highly entertaining that the decline in the economy has encouraged so many people to discuss the importance of our tourism industry. Orna Mulcahy highlighted in the Irish Times how, throughout our boom period, we have taken tourists for granted. We can no longer afford to take or leave tourists and we must return to the Ireland of a thousand welcomes. ‘Tourist’ has become a dirty word. It conjures up images of 1950s Ireland when we the locals were forced to sing for their supper and people who would do anything for a dollar. This is not an accurate representation of the tourist industry in Ireland and we can use tourism in Ireland as proof that Ireland is a creative and resourceful nation. Read More