CSO: Travel numbers continue downward trend

rte.ie/business/2010/0730/tourism.html

What’s going on here. Most of the rest of Europe is coming out of recession.
Is it the departure tax?
Has O’Leary re-tasked planes on routes outside Ireland?
Do the tourists just not like the product “Ireland” any more based on bad word of mouth?
Are friends and family of inbound economic migrants not visiting as the migrants have er…migrated elsewhere?
All of the above and then some?

I own up to being part of the statistics in that I was on a staycation last week but I have to say with the exception of the Guinness Store none of the places I visited had many visitors.

Terminal 2 and the higher airport charges associated with it are looking very stupid now.