More emphasis needed to record tourism figures from the North

A Donegal hotel manager says more emphasis needs to be put on tourism figures from the North of Ireland.

Paul Diver is the owner of the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh and also the Chair of the Donegal branch of the Irish Hotels Federation.

Speaking to Ocean FM News today, he says hoteliers in the region are concerned about this week’s figures from the CSO showing the number of visitors from the UK, Ireland’s biggest tourism market, is down by 6%.

But he says it does not give a breakdown of those coming from the North and he says this is the most important market for counties like Donegal.

He says recent trends and Donegal’s high profile internationally has improved overall tourism numbers in the last few years but there is a concern post Brexit about whether those markets will remain strong and the people in the North are the most frequent visitors that need to be maintained: