Things to Note Before Your Trip

Who is coming to Dublin?

Number of out-of-state Tourists in 2015: 9,528 (United States of America- 1,129)

Total Tourist Revenue in 2015: 7,701.8 million euros (North America- 1,199.7)

Breakdown of money spent in Ireland (North America) – 32% bed and board; 32% food and drink; 7% sightseeing and entertainment; 14% internal transport; 13% shopping; 3% miscellaneous

When did they arrive (North America)– 13% January-March; 7% April; 10% May; 14% June; 13% July; 12% August; 11% September; 20% October-December

What was their main reason for visiting Ireland (North America)- 1) Holiday 2) Visit Friends/Relatives 3) Business 4) Other (in 2015, less than 3 in ten (29%) of those coming to Ireland to visit friends/relatives were born in Ireland)

To learn more about the statistics of tourism in Dublin: http://www.failteireland.ie/FailteIreland/media/WebsiteStructure/Documents/3_Research_Insights/3_General_SurveysReports/Failte-Ireland-s-tourism-facts-2015.pdf?ext=.pdf

Things You Should be Aware of While Planning Your Trip:

-Just a heads up, the neighbors might be angry, the local businesses will be begging for your service and the beers in Temple Bar are astronomically expensive. Neighbors are drawing up petitions asking for a night mayor, a reconstruction of the streets and more pedestrianized zones.

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-Here’s why: (http://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/tourists-please-pack-up-your-wheelie-cases-and-go-home-i-want-my-city-back-35222456.html) (http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/death-of-dublin-10-ways-to-save-the-city-as-a-tourist-destination-34904743.html)

http://www.thejournal.ie/starbucks-dublin-2-2707938-Apr2016/

Screen Shot 2017-04-18 at 2.27.19 PM.jpg-There are 21 Starbucks in Dublin city center alone, which is shifting business from local vendors to chain restaurants and companies. According to small coffee shop owner Dairine Keogh, “Grafton Street was a decimated, soulless place a couple of years ago. Walk around the corner to the side streets and there was a flurry of creation and employment, thanks to tax-paying independent businesses. That area has become now known as The Creative Quarter Will it still be here in 5 years? Who is protecting it? Who is in charge of the next chapter of who stays and who goes?” While Starbucks is good for growing the coffee industry in Dublin, small shops such as Kaph and Sasha House Petite pride themselves in being in Dublin’s creative quarter but feel overshadowed by these chains that drive up city centre rents (thus, feel free to support local coffee shops on your visit to Dublin, which are highlighted in the black dots on the map!)

-Dublin has changed rapidly overtime and tourists like yourself are shaping Dublin to be what it is today. Take a look at these articles and familiarize yourself with some information you may be unaware of. While the map shows the most popular tourist destinations, it also highlights local businesses and restaurants that are upset by the lack of tourist business. As a result, the city is becoming “Manhattenized”: dense crowds where no one knows your name, high prices for inferior living conditions and intense competition to be in style. Overwhelmed by the benefits of tourism, the Irish government is not taking action to protect locals, thus bringing into question what the locals should do to protect their Irish culture and keep the authenticity of their city.

-As a tourist, it is your job to be aware of these changes your visit has on the city and think about the history your distinct travels has had on Dublin and how the paths you choose to walk and places you choose to go are shaping Dublin, whether or not it be for the better.

 

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