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News Roundup for the Week

DOMESTIC COASTAL AND MARINE COULD HELP “REBOOT” TOURISM SECTOR

A survey report from NUI Galway says that “marine active” holidaymakers would be a major area to develop to support a revival of the tourist industry after Covid 19. This is mainly because marine-focussed visitors tend to stay longer and spend more than the average visitor in the areas they go to, according to NUIG’s Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU). 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 that year, the study says.The marine-related activity expenditure on overnight trips generated revenue of €381 million, with €172 million of this being spent on water-based activities. The most popular water-based activities were sea swimming, surfing, recreational boating of different types and sea angling.

Dr Stephen Hynes, co-author of the report and Director of SEMRU based at the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change at NUI Galway, said: “While the results presented in this report are from a time that precedes the current Covid 19 crisis they nevertheless highlight the economic contribution that domestic marine tourism and leisure activity makes under normal circumstances to coastal regions, particularly those regions outside the capital. Also, given that it is likely that the overseas tourism market will take much longer to recover, and Irish residents’ travel abroad will also be curtailed, the industry should be examining how they can maximise the return from the domestic tourism market this year and next.

OCEANS OF LEARNING

In recognition of World Oceans Day on June 8, the Marine Institute will celebrate “our seas, our world’s shared ocean and our connection to the sea” through an ‘Oceans of Learning’ series. Over the next 10 weeks, the Marine Institute and partners will virtually share news and offer online activities and resources on a range of marine topics to make it easier for those of all ages to engage with the oceans from home.

Dr Paul Connolly CEO of the Marine Institute said: “We want to take this opportunity to come together to celebrate our seas and look at the enormous opportunities presented by our coast and ocean. Through our ‘Oceans of Learning’ series, the Marine Institute with our partners, will offer a host of resources on our shared ocean and the major role it plays in our everyday lives. Our ocean has sustained us in good times and in bad. Now more than ever we must come together and empower Ireland and its people to safeguard and harness our ocean wealth.”