Poor access a big problem

POOR regional access is the biggest single problem facing the Irish tourism industry, the President of the Irish Hotels Federation, Joe Dolan, told delegates.

Despite that, the country is “doing very well” and people were arriving in droves and “spending a  lot of money,” he said.

But he expressed concerns about what he described as the inequitable distribution of tourism, with 80 per cent of revenue generated in five counties, Dublin, Kerry, Cork, Clare and Galway.

“The more remote you are the more seasonal you tend to be,” he said.

Mr Dolan said bad weather, seasonal closures and the unavailability of product in the off-season weren’t helping the regions and the availability and cost of car hire was a major impediment.