TRINITY College Professor of Finance, Brian Lucey, suggested at the Let’s Talk Tourism forum that Killarney was becoming a problem for Kerry tourism in that the industry had become too big there and the town is being “choked”.
He said there is a need to encourage people to stay longer in Kerry and to visit other places in the county, such as Sneem and Waterville, and other areas on the Ring of Kerry.
“We need to get sticky tourism so that they’ll come and stay and visit other areas which will benefit,” he said.
Professor Lucey said visitors need to be encouraged to travel to more rural locations, like The Glen and Ballinskelligs, and they should be advised to spend a day or two in places like Glencar.
He said that while good access to the county was very important, care needed to be taken that the country is not stripped of its charm by building super roads.