Surge in US visitors, but rising fuel costs have seen a drop in day-trippers

American tourists are back in huge numbers this summer, along with French and German visitors, while the domestic market has dropped dramatically as the Irish holiday abroad

WEST Cork is seeing a dramatic drop in domestic visitors this year compared to 2021, but far more American tourists.

That’s the consensus from the hospitality sector throughout the region who also say that fuel costs have all but obliterated the day-trippers, and while it’s been a slow start to the season, they are optimistic for the remaining weeks.

At the Allihies Mine Museum, Tadgh O’Sullivan said: ‘We’re slightly up on this time