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Lack of reliable tourist information

With the introduction of cheap flights and budget airlines such as Ryanair and Aer Lingus weekend city breaks have become extremely fashionable and popular among many Europeans. Nowadays booking tickets for flights and hotels can be easily accomplished in minutes from the comfort and tranquility of your own home.

Now your tickets are booked, the next important step is to figure out how you are going to explore, discover and entertain yourself with relative ease on your short weekend break. This is where things can get particularly difficult and frustrating.

But the first major problem people face with their busy lifestyles is finding time to research their destination before their arrival. It is also something people do not enjoy doing and postpone as a result. From our experience we believe that planning is crucial when taking breaks, especially when one has limited time.

The first port of call for tourism research is usually the World Wide Web. But tourists encounter many problems while using the Internet as a resource tool for planning breaks.

The abundance of available information can cause many issues itself. A lot of the details presented are promotional and advertisement based in nature (sponsored links etc), and may not be appropriate to your particular search, and consequently it can be extremely difficult to pinpoint exactly what you are looking for. This process can be particularly time consuming and truly frustrating.

When you eventually find information that you want, it is highly likely that it is biased, out dated information. It is also extremely troublesome to find all the information tourists are usually looking for on one, easily accessible site. Trains and bus information are generally located on completely different sites to entertainment information.
Although there have been gargantuan steps in information and communication technology, not everyone has access to the Internet and some people may not have the computer skills to access the necessary tourist information via the World Wide Web.

Most tourist information in Ireland is presented in English, which may cause language barriers and present major difficulties for many overseas tourists.

Up to date guidebooks can be an invaluable source of information when they are used purposely. Unfortunately many people see them as an unnecessary expense, while others just don’t like use them because some can be presented with pages and pages of text they are simply not interested in reading.

Guidebooks for Ireland generally cover the country as a whole, although dedicated books are available for Dublin, cities like Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Galway do not get exclusive treatment. So tourists get a book that covers the country but with little local information.

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