Louth ‘punching above its weight’

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Dundalk Tourist Office have hit back at an article that says that Louth and Monaghan are the least popular destinations for domestic tourism.

Dundalk Tourist Office have hit back at an article that says that Louth and Monaghan are the least popular destinations for domestic tourism.

The figures that came to light this week showed that the Wee County and neighbouring Monaghan attracted 129,000 trips between the two of them, the lowest in the country.

Sinead Roche of Dundalk tourist office pointed that numbers of nights spent in Louth has gone up in the last year.

“My experience has been that we have had a very busy summer season from both the domestic and overseas market.

In fact we have had a busy off-peak season in 2014 due to the increased volume of people from overseas relocating to Dundalk to work for example on short/ medium term contracts at National Pen, or to study for a semester at DkIT. Their family and friends come to stay in Dundalk to visit them, and use the town as a basecamp to visit Newgrange, Giant’s Causeway, Dublin and Belfast etc.

“The CSO told me that 4,600 postal surveys go out every month – there is roughly a 40% response rate.

“They also explained that out of the 40% who do respond a large number will not have taken a ‘trip’ in the survey period.

“So it is important to stress that these figures came from a sample survey of households in Ireland, some of which may have been sent to homes in Louth.”

Irish residents took almost 1.8 million domestic trips in Quarter 2 2014, an increase of 5.2% when compared to the same period twelve months earlier.

Each trip had an average duration of 2.6 nights, resulting in 4.6 million bed nights.

Nights spent in Louth were also lower than average,. Visitors stayed an average of 2.1 nights, though that figures was higher than Kildare and Carlow, where travellers averaged only 1.8 nights.

Dundalk said that the figures were for domestic tourists, but did not comment further.