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posted on 2022-02-08, 14:07 authored by Emmet McLoughlinEmmet McLoughlin, James Hanrahan
The purpose of this paper is to further advance the discussion regarding Local Authorities and approaches to facilitate sustainable planning for tourism. Building on previous research into tourism planning at local level in Ireland, this study employed qualitative semi-structured interviews with every senior planner in Ireland’s 28Local Authorities to identify the degree to which evidence-informed planning for tourism is encouraged. Findings point to a tendency from senior planners to rely on existing legislative procedures to measure tourism activity. Despite the legal responsibilities Local Authorities have to sustainably plan for tourism, together with substantial advancements in the development of procedures for facilitating evidence-informed planning for tourism. The absence of sufficient monitoring of several key tourism impacts at destination level by this study, questions the ability of senior planners in Ireland to plan sustainably for tourism and protect the tourism product going forward.


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Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events


Taylor & Francis


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McLoughlin, E. and Hanrahan, J. (2022) 'Evidence Informed Planning for Tourism', Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events.

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  • Cardiff School of Management

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Emmet McLoughlin

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • WCTR (Welsh Centre for Tourism Research)

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