Increase in tourist numbers to Kerry in 2003.

Tourism figures for 2003 show an overall increase in visitor numbers around the county in 2002. However when compared with growth figures on previous years 2003 has been a relatively flat year according to the I.H.F. The Shannon Region, which caters for North Kerry, is listed as one of the weaker performing areas in terms of tourism growth. While there has been an overall increase of 4% on overseas visitors in Kerry on 2002, when compared with figures from the year 2000 the numbers do not show a massive leap in visitors according to the Irish Hotels Federation.There was a positive increase in the number of arrivals from North America last year, with visitor numbers rising by 6%. Domestic visitors have also increased with the south west region the most popular holiday destination in the country. Nationally Irish people participated in over 3 million Irish holidays and short breaks in the country. However it`s not all good news for the county as the Shannon region, which caters for North Kerry tourism is one of the weaker performing regions in terms of visitor growth.