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Positive tourism figures for Achill


Cory Kilbane

The latest figures from a recent survey conducted by Achill Tourism have revealed that the number of people employed in the tourism sector on Achill Island has increased.
The summer of 2017 saw an increase of 14.4 percent of people employed on the tourism front throughout the Achill area.
This year a total of 628 people were employed in various businesses on the island, whereas only 549 people were employed during the summer months last year.
Manager of Achill Tourism Seán Molloy said: “It is great to see. A massive thing for us is that almost all of those extra jobs went to young people from Achill.
“It gives our youth extra opportunities and a better chance to earn some money before they head back to college in the winter months,” he told The Mayo News last week.
“The increase in business for most enterprises on the island was huge. For some of the businesses, they even found it hard to recruit because there was such a huge demand for staff everywhere.”
The survey which consisted of all the members of Achill Tourism (100+), also revealed that the availability of work was also extended during the summer as it lasted from Easter to late September, with some businesses still remaining open to date.  
There was a massive increase of 67 percent in the amount of tourists who visited the two tourism offices on the island also.   
“It is hard to quantify the increase, but we feel that these two figures give a good indication as to what direction the tourism industry is going in on the island,” he concluded.


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