Cork South West TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has written to Tourism Ireland, and the Cork Tourism, asking them to roll-out a county wide tourism initiative to attract more people into providing accommodation to tourists visiting the county.

“Over the summer, I’ve met countless tourists visiting our county, and also met with owners of pubs, restaurants, and amenities, and their message is clear – we don’t have enough beds for the amount of people visiting our county.”

“Figures from Cork Airport showed a 19% increase in traffic in August 2016. Everyone has begun to notice the increase in visitors, especially German, French, Spanish and British visitors, to the region.”

“Without extra capacity, prices will continue to rise, and put off tourists. We cannot let this happen. We have seven months until the start of the 2017 season to get it right,” said Murphy O’Mahony.

“There simply aren’t enough hotels, B&Bs or guesthouses, especially in West Cork. This is damaging our ability to attract tourists, and support the many amazing tourist attractions in the area.”

“Tourism Ireland, and the Cork Tourism, should, I believe run an advertising campaign to entice homeowners, with spare capacity, to enter into the B&B or Airbnb business.”

“As well as a welcome source of additional income, it will ensure that Cork continues to benefit as a whole from the increased number of people coming to visit our country.”

“Tourism is our biggest industry in West Cork. We know that tourists want to visit us, but we need to make sure that they can access affordable, convenient accommodation,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.