The Brownshill Dolmen and Altamont Gardens in Carlow, Ireland; Jerpoint Abbey, St.Canice’s Cathedral and Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile in Kilkenny are just some of the attractions in Ireland’s Ancient East. Ireland’s Ancient East is an initiative by Fáilte Ireland which focusses on the cultural assets in the East and Southeast of Ireland. It is designed to attract an increased number of tourists to the region. The ‘journey of discovery’ stretches from Newgrange in County Meath through the Midlands and the Southeast to Cork.
Tourism, which has a long history in Ireland, is today an important national industry. The €4.3 billion industry employs close to 200,000 people catering for millions of tourists annually. The island of Ireland is promoted as a tourist destination by Tourism Ireland Ltd. Prior to 1998 this function was carried by Bórd Fáilte Éireann in the Republic of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board in Northern Ireland.
The standards of hospitality of which the tourist of today can avail were however not always available. On a visit to Ireland around 1770 a travel writer, Mr Arthur Young, observed that there was a ‘want of accommodations and extravagant expense of strangers residing in Killarney…the inns are miserable and the lodgings little better’.
Modern tourism in Ireland dates back to the beginning of the 20th century with the passing of the Tourist Traffic Act of 1939. The act established an Irish Tourist Board with responsibility for marketing Ireland and improving facilities for tourists. Further initiatives followed leading eventually to the establishment of the Irish Tourism Association. This led to the establishment of Bord Fáilte Eireann in 1955 following the enactment of the Tourist Traffic Act of that year.
The Irish Tourism Association was established in the year 1952 On This Day
Tourism Ireland in China by IrishFireside on 2009-04-09 03:59:28
Browneshill Dolmen, Carlow
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