Expansion Of Tourism Essay

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‘Tourism is a social, cultural and economic phenomenon which entails the movement of people to countries or places outside their usual environment for personal or business/professional purposes’(UNWTO, 2014). The tourism industry has expanded rapidly worldwide over recent years and progressively become an essential element of the world economy. There are many reasons for the expansion of the tourism industry such as the vast improvements in transport technology and infrastructure, allowing more and more people from geographically diverse regions to travel and explore with greater ease and fewer restrictions. Many countries have utilised these opportunities to accelerate their own tourism industries and are seeing high levels of growth and …show more content…
(Wild Atlantic Way) It is aimed at promoting the prominence of the tourism value of the West coast of Ireland, designed to achieve greater recognition of the beauty of the Ireland. The 'Wild Atlantic Way' driving route neatly packages the abundant attractions of Ireland's west coast, from West Cork to Donegal. The well-signed, easy-to-navigate route includes 157 'Discovery Points', where drivers can stop and learn more about the must-sees and lesser-known diversions of this fascinating area.(Petterson 2014) The Wild Atlantic Way is essential in supporting the development of maritime tourism in the west of Ireland
The principal element of the food tourism market is food service. According to research from Mintel, the total foodservice industry is forecast overall value growth of 5% between 2014 and 2019, driven by increasing food prices and an improvement in consumer finances as seen in the table below. (Food Services
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According to a report by The Irish Maritime Development Office (2013), ‘there were 229 large cruise vessel calls to Ireland, carrying 313,367 passengers and crew in 2012’. The report further states that the majority of ports recorded an increase in cruise calls during 2012 with Galway Harbour seeing vessel calls rise by 41%, Port of Cork by 10% and Dublin by 2%. In the context of maritime tourism to the west of Ireland, this 41% increase in cruise calls to Galway is very promising for the

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