DIT chosen to examine the development of sustainable tourism in Ireland
4th March 2010
DIT has been selected to examine the development of sustainable tourism in Ireland. Entitled DIT-ACHIEV, the project, is being undertaken by DIT’s Tourism Research Centre and School of Hospitality Management and Tourism.
The popular tourist destinations of Carlingford and Killarney have been chosen as test destinations for DIT –ACHIEV Following a competitive selection process. DIT will now examine and identify whether Carlingford, Killarney and their surrounds, are being managed in a way that will ensure the long-term sustainability of tourism in these regions. The project will look at a number of important factors including traffic, visitor and resident attitudes, habitat and water quality, community employment quality, local economy etc.
The project is jointly funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Fáilte Ireland
Speaking at the launch of the project in Carlingford recently Dr. Kevin Griffin, Faculty of Tourism & Food, DIT said;
‘As the leading centre of its kind in Ireland, the DIT School of Hospitality Management and Tourism is delighted to be working on this project in Carlingford’.
According to Kevin Woods of the Environmental Protection Agency
‘Our strong reputation as a ‘green island’ has been used effectively to market Ireland as a visitor destination. I believe that this project will make a significant contribution to meeting the current challenge of building a renewed and sustainable tourism industry based on the high quality of our natural and cultural heritage’.