DIT research shows positive attitude to tourism in Killarney


6th May 2010

A major DIT survey of Killarney residents and their views on tourism has revealed overwhelmingly positive results. The survey was undertaken by researchers from the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism at the Dublin Institute of Technology, and a consortium of Killarney based partners. The survey forms part of a three year research project which explores Tourism Management in Killarney town and its surrounding valley.

The project, which is jointly funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Fáilte Ireland, uses the DIT-ACHIEV tourism destination management model to examine and identify whether Killarney, and its surrounds, is being managed in a way that will ensure the long-term sustainability of tourism in the region. One strand of this project is to explore the views of the local population in relation to tourism, to ascertain their satisfaction with the industry, how it is managed and how it impacts upon them. Overall indications from this survey are that the residents of Killarney are highly positive towards tourism. Indeed, looking at the bigger picture, it would appear that from the perspective of the local population, the tourism product in Killarney is being managed in a sustainable manner.

According to Dr. Kevin Griffin, Faculty of Tourism & Food, DIT; ?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 Killarney?.

The next phase of the project will be a business survey throughout the town, and a visitor survey is on-going. When assembled together, these surveys will provide a comprehensive overview of tourism in Killarney that is unrivalled anywhere else in Ireland. The purpose of all of this work is very practical and applied ? it will be used to examine the sustainability of tourism and plan for its future development, thereby ensuring Killarney?s future tourism success.

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