Tourism slowing as rates fall 4pc
TOURIST numbers have slowed sharply, falling by 4pc between September and November.
However tourism chiefs have insisted that people still want to take holidays but the trend is leaning towards shorter trips, staying closer to home.
At the same time, there are rising numbers of Irish people applying for visas to Australia.
The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) expressed disappointment at the drop and said that it reflected disappointing occupancy levels in hotels and guesthouses outside Dublin in the last quarter.
"Occupancy rates are significantly stronger in Dublin but lagging particularly in the West, Midlands, and Southeast," said Tim Fenn, Chief Executive, IHF said.