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Water-Based Pursuits Make For Great Adventure Getaways

3rd January 2015
Water-Based Pursuits Make For Great Adventure Getaways

#Tourism - Activities on the water feature heavily in The Irish Times' new guide to adventure holidays around the country.

Kitesurfing and kayaking on the coast are go-to pursuits at all times of year, but some activities that may be less familiar include coasteering – a combination of rock climbing and scrambling across the more rugged parts of the coastline.

Thrills can also be had by the less athletically inclined by float tubing – essentially swimming with a giant inflatable ring – and 'ride and tide', a mix of horse riding on sand and through surf and kayaking to an offshore island.

But for those of a calmer disposition, there's free diving, which employs yoga and breathing techniques to relax the body while under water, and the sedate charms of canoeing on the Barrow.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Published in Aquatic Tourism
MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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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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