Tourism earnings 'back to 1998 level'Tuesday 11 January 2011 21.57
Last year's tourism figures fell back to levels last seen in 1998, according to Fáilte Ireland.
Tourism earnings fell 13% to €4.6bn, according to figures from the tourism body.
Visitor numbers fell 15% to 5.6m. Of this, the British market declined 18%, the European market fell by 17% and the US was down 9%.
Fáilte Ireland says a recovery of the British market is now a key strategy for 2011.