MOST TOURISTS WOULD recommend Ireland for a holiday with six out out of 10 people saying they would ‘highly recommend’ the Emerald Isle to their friends and family.
The findings were revealed in Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Fáilte 360: Holidaymaker Survey 2012’ survey, which asked nearly 10,000 overseas and domestic holidaymakers what they thought about Ireland’s key regions.
The survey throws up many insights into what works and what is different across all the tourism locations in Ireland.
It was revealed that hotels are the most popular choice of accommodation in most destinations but B&Bs were most popular in Dingle.
Hiking/walking is the most popular activity for visitors to Dingle and the North West while museums and galleries came out as the top attractions for visitors to Dublin.
Ring of Kerry (Shutterstock)
The survey also found that Dublin and Galway/Mayo are popular choices for 19-24-year-olds, while the Ring of Kerry and West Cork are more popular with visitors over 65.
Galway/Mayo, the Ring of Kerry, and Dingle are popular with couples while Cork and the South East are more popular for those with families.
“If we want to continue to attract more overseas visitors to Ireland, we need to know more about what they think, what they like and what they want,” said Shaun Quinn CEO of Fáilte Ireland. “Tourism is in a good place compared to five years ago but we can’t become complacent”.