April 26, 2016
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will publish any recent research that national tourism authorities have conducted into overseas visitors’ attitudes to the levels of littering here; and his views on the extent of the problem.
REPLY from Minister Paschal Donohoe
Research on visitor attitudes and in particular the attitudes on litter is carried out by the National Tourism Development Authority, Fáilte Ireland, as part of their Visitor Attitudes Survey.
The findings of their most recent Visitor Attitudes Survey for 2015 can be accessed at http://www.failteireland.ie/Research-Insights/Visitor-Feedback-(1).aspx.
The survey confirms that our scenery and unspoilt environment are significant factors in considering Ireland as a holiday destination. Furthermore, the survey shows that 83% were satisfied that Ireland is "litter free / pollution free".