Tourists cause litter problems

A RESIDENT survey carried out in Carlingford and Cooley has revealed that 2.5 per cent of those questioned believe tourism has a negative impact on the region.

A RESIDENT survey carried out in Carlingford and Cooley has revealed that 2.5 per cent of those questioned believe tourism has a negative impact on the region.

Some respondents mentioned that tourism may cause increased levels of litter and traffic congestion.

The results of the resident survey carried out as part of the ongoing DIT-ACHIEV Project show that the majority of residents have a positive attitude towards visitors.

In recent months 482 residents of the Carlingford and Cooley area completed questionnaires for the survey.

Dr Kevin Griffin of DIT said the residents stressed the importance of local participation in ensuring its sustainability in the future. The results show that residents feel tourism is a positive force in improving the quality of leisure and recreation facilities, encouraging participation in local cultural activities while also leading to the improved appearance of public places.

The survey is part of an extensive three year research project which explores the sustainability of tourism management in Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula.

The next stage of the project is a business survey which has just been launched and is being co-ordinated by the local committee in partnership with Dundalk Chamber of Commerce.

It is asking all businesses in the area about their interaction with tourism, and aims to help identify problems in the area.