West Clare Hotelier Downplays Drop In North American Visitors

A prominent West Clare hotelier is downplaying the impact of a drop in the number of American and Canadian tourists coming to Ireland.

Figures released by the CSO have revealed that just shy of 209,000 North American visitors came to Ireland last month, which is some 20,000 less than this time last year.

However, with British and continental European visitors rising, there was an overall increase of 2.5% in trips to Ireland in October compared to the same month in 2018.


Michael Vaughan of Vaughan’s Lodge Hotel in Lahinch says it’s in part down to the loss of Norwegian Air and Air Canada flights but there’s still scope for optimism.