\"\"

If the Irish were to spend their holidays on the Emerald Isle instead of traveling abroad, it would be a huge boost to the economy.

Tourism website boss asks Irish to ‘Occupy Ireland' rather than travel abroad

\"\"

If the Irish were to spend their holidays on the Emerald Isle instead of traveling abroad, it would be a huge boost to the economy.

The chief executive of a popular vacation booking website in Ireland has urged the Irish public to ‘Occupy Ireland’ and spend their vacation time in Ireland.

Mike Webster of GoIreland.ie claims that were this to happen, 40,000 jobs would be created in the Irish tourism industry.

According to the Irish Times, Webster went on to say that people from the Emerald Isle spend more on their foreign jaunts that in total tourism income (collected from both Irish and foreign tourists) in Ireland.

He pointed to 2010 figures that showed that tourism in Ireland collected €4.6 billion, while Irish tourists spend €5 billion on vacations outside the country.

____________________

READ MORE:

How Patriots quarterback great Tom Brady found his Irish roots

New revelations in Fox TV anchor Greg Kelly rape accusation case

New crackdown on St Patrick’s drunks promised by Hoboken mayor
_____________________

“There is a huge opportunity for Irish people to take this into their own hands and not leave it to the political classes, who will take too long,” he said.

Webster underlined the importance of promoting the excellent vacation options available to the Irish people in their own country.

“Show people that they can get into the car and they are only an hour and a half away from a week’s holiday. We need to highlight the simplicity of it and the value,” he added.

While recognizing that the weather can play an important factor in the decision-making process for any vacation, he is hoping that that the sun shines strong this summer.

“I am positive we will have the best weather,” he said.

COMMENTS

Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:


Already have an account ?

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.


Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.


You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.


Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: