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Graham Johnston and son Hugo explore the sea science gallery at Galway City Museum at its opening in 2017
Galway City Museum, which hosts Ireland’s first marine science gallery, has been recognised as a Top Tourist Attraction in Tripadvisor’s 2020 Travellers Choice Awards. The annual awards are based on a full year of TripAdvisor reviews, ratings and comments for…
EU Advisory Body Calls for Recovery Measures for Boating & Nautical Tourism
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an official advisory body of the European Union, published its opinion on Transport and Tourism in 2020 and beyond. It recommends policy measures to help the boating and nautical tourism sector in its…
Enjoy a walk around Lough Key among the things to do in the new Shannon visitors’ directory
Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland are encouraging staycationers to ‘make a break for it’ on the Shannon Navigation this summer. And the latter has compiled a list of all currently open places to eat along with things to see and…
Inis Mór in the Aran Islands
It’s been confirmed that tourist travel to offshore islands will be permitted from next Monday under the next phase of lifting coronavirus restrictions, which was announced last night (Thursday 25 June). RTÉ News reports that the move was recommended by…
SEMRU has launched a new report valuing domestic coastal and marine tourism and leisure activities in the Republic of Ireland - downloadable below
Domestic coastal and marine tourism could help to “reboot” a sector which has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report by NUI Galway (NUIG) finds. “Marine-active” holidaymakers tend to stay longer and spend more than the average…
Anglers Returning To Ireland’s Fisheries Under Revised Covid-19 Guidelines
RTÉ News reports that anglers are returning to many of Ireland’s most popular fisheries since the first easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Since this past Wednesday 6 May, as announced by Inland Fisheries Ireland, anglers may fish from riverbanks within 5k…
Boating on the Shannon is a major focus for tourism development
​The public consultation on the draft Shannon Tourism Masterplan and Environmental Report will close at 4pm this coming Wednesday 22 April. Members of the public can review all the documents online and make their submission through the online survey. The…
An INSS yacht charter group from last summer
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire Harbour want to hear from those who holiday abroad on charter yachts and those who may want to. Given the travel uncertainty emanating from COVID-19 restrictions, there’s a possibility to…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is in the heart of the boating industry on the East Coast
The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) has joined a call by European boating industry associations for support from the EU to address the Covid-19 outbreak and its profound effects on the sector. Eighteen associations have signed a policy paper from the…
Boats on the Shannon Navigation
The Shannon Navigation plays hosts to some 8,400 boats, according to the draft tourism masterplan currently open for public consultation. And the figure of predominantly private leisure vessels far exceeds the number of berthing spaces, which total 4,500 across 58…
The new plan is part of an 18-month strategy to develop tourism along the Shannon corridor over the next decade to 2030
Waterways Ireland is continuing its public consultation on its Shannon tourism masterplan but has urged members of the public to respond online. The cross-border authority has published its draft masterplan and associated environmental report as part of an 18-month strategy…
Portumna Harbour in County Galway on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland has been urged to work with farmers who are facing serious flooding on the Shannon, as the agency initiates a new tourism masterplan for the river. IFA Connacht chair Pat Murphy said that it would be a “win,…
Boating on the Shannon in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands
Waterways Ireland has announced the opening of a public consultation on the Draft Shannon Tourism Masterplan and Environmental Report today, Wednesday 4 March. The consultation documents will be available to the public both online and in the 10 county council…
IMF at Boot - Prestige Yachts of France facilitated a meeting of the Irish Marine Federation at its Boot Dusseldorf stand. (From Left) Treasurer Ian O'Meara of Viking Marine, James Kirwan of BJ Marine, Chairman Paal Janson and Secretary Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats
An Irish Marine Federation committee meeting held at Boot Dusseldorf last week discussed future European tie-ups with the massive German show as a result of Brexit and the loss of the London Boat Show, traditionally a show with a strong…
The popular Cliff Walk between Bray and Greystones topped the Irish Independent readers’ poll
The cliff walk between Bray and Greystones has been named as Ireland’s favourite local attraction by the readers of the Irish Independent. The coastal hiking path between the two Wicklow towns placed tops in the newspaper’s Reader Travel Awards for…
Killary Fjord with an average depth of 45m (148ft) is located on the Galway/Mayo border and where AFLOAT also adds is the 150 passenger capacity catamaran Connemara Lady. The craft operates 'seasonal' boat tours from Nancy Point (above) along the scenic shore of Ireland's only fjord.
Planning permission has been refused by Galway County Council for a new terminal and other facilities for a company providing boat tours on Killary Fjord. Connemara Sea-Cruise, which own Killary Fjord Boat Tours, sought planning permission for the construction of…

Coastal & Marine Tourism

According to the National University of Galway (NUIG) research the average expenditure per coastal day trip in 2018 was calculated at €95. The equivalent for coastal overnight trips was €310. The estimated water-based activity expenditure per person per trip across the sample was €56 rising to €73 for the subsample that actually undertake waterbased activities on their coastal visits. The results also indicate that domestic tourists undertake the majority of their marine activities on the West and South coasts of Ireland and that there are notable differences in participation rates across age groupings, social classes and by family makeup.

A domestic tourist is defined in this report as a person who spends at least one night away from home on their trip. Total expenditure by domestic tourists in coastal areas was estimated to be €698 million in 2018, which represents 35% of the total expenditure by domestic tourists (using the broader Fáilte Ireland measure for domestic tourists that includes business trips equating to 10.92 million in total trips and €2,006 million in total revenue).

The marine related activity expenditure, or what might truly be referred to as domestic marine tourism, is estimated to generate revenue of €381 million with €172 million being spent on water-based activities. Marine tourism makes up an estimated 19% of total domestic tourism expenditure.

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