Tourism Ireland was worried a Lonely Planet article about the cost of visiting Ireland would get “amplified” across the world amid a “low but consistent number of complaints” about rising bills for holidays makers visiting here.
Monitoring had found there was a steady level of complaints online from visitors to Ireland on social media with 55 of 68 issues raised in a single week relating to costs, and 42% of all complaints specifically about car hire.
The state agency said there was continuing “low-level feedback” on the cost of renting a car as well as hotel room costs from trade partners and on social media.
However, Tourism Ireland said they had so far largely escaped negative coverage in mainstream media in a briefing paper.
The country-by-country special report on rising costs said trade partners in France were particularly concerned about “ongoing price and availability issues”.