A survey on tourists visiting to the West Kerry area last year illustrates that the key factors influencing visitors’ decision to holiday in the area were identified as ‘Friendly and Hospitable People’ (95.6%) and ‘Beautiful Scenery (93.5%).
The West Kerry Gaeltacht Tourism Survey 2010, which was commissioned by Údarás na Gaeltachta and launched today (Thursday 3rd March 2011), documents the findings of a visitor survey carried out during 2010 where 600 face-to-face interviews were conducted with visitors to the West Kerry area during June, July and August of 2010.
The results, compiled by the Department of Hotel, Catering and Tourism at the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT), also finds that:
Speaking at the launch today, Mícheál Ó Scanaill, Chairperson of the Regional Committee of Údarás na Gaeltachta said, “The report will be a valuable source of information to everybody involved in the tourism industry in the area locally. The information it contains will act as a key influencer in determining investment priorities in the future for grant-aid and other government supports which are administered by those State agencies which have a shared responsibility for the development of the sector”.
The latest tourism statistics available from Fáilte Ireland show that in 2010 the tourism sector was estimated to be worth €4.6 billion nationally with 5.6 million foreign visitors, of which over 700,000 visited Co. Kerry and spent in the region of €160 million.
According to Éamonn Ó Neachtain, Regional Manager of Údarás na Gaeltachta. “The tourism sector is hugely important to the local economy in West Kerry and indeed the whole of County Kerry. It is vitally important that we have the most up to date information about tourists visiting here, their behavioural patterns, expectations and requirements. This information will assist the tourism industry in targeting key markets and developing new products based on visitor requirements”.
The survey questionnaire included questions on visitor profiles, reasons for choosing the area for their holiday and qualitative questions about their satisfaction ratings with accommodation, food and other attractions in the area. The survey was conducted with the help of FÁS community employment participants operating under the auspices of Údarás na Gaeltachta, and with assistance from Fáilte Ireland.
Copies of the report are available from the Údarás na Gaeltachta office at 066 9150100 or firstname.lastname@example.org