Tourism's untapped export opportunity
Published 18/04/2010 | 05:00
Next weekend in Dromoland Castle, Co Clare, home of one of the country's top golf courses, the question of whether tourism is an export industry will be addressed by some of Ireland's top decision makers.
Professor Jim Deegan of University of Limerick is hosting the conference, aimed at stimulating discussion -- and maybe economic activity -- in the tourism sector.
According to Prof Deegan, tourism (boosted by aviation and Ryanair) led the Irish economic recovery in the Eighties and it should be getting far more attention now.
Controversy is guaranteed. Prof Deegan expects some radical proposals for the aviation sector, such as an outline plan for an airport in Limerick.
Other speakers include broadcaster and journalist Olivia O'Leary, economist Alan Ahearne and Dr Don Thornhill of the National Competitiveness Council.
The conference runs from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime. The weather forecast is good, rates at Dromoland have been cut to the bone, and Saturday afternoon is free time.
Call Brid Henley, Business School, Room KB2-12, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick.