Emmet McLoughlin

Current PhD Student

A Longitudinal Study of Local Authority Sustainable Planning for Tourism in Ireland with a Focus on Tourism Indicator Systems

Sustainability is now an essential word in the vocabulary of modern planning and development. Sustainable development is the key principle that underpins the Irish planning process. Due to their legal powers under the Planning and Development Acts (2000-2015) and Planning and Development Regulations (2001-2013), Local Authorities across Ireland play an essential role in sustainable planning for tourism within their respective Counties. However, while the trend towards sustainability has been studied and accepted by many researchers together with the several decades of academic and practical debate on sustainable planning and its application to tourism, there still exist many gaps, especially when it comes to its implementation.
The recovery in tourism arrivals to Ireland in recent years has had major implications for planning. There does however, exist a limited body of research available on sustainable planning for tourism by Local Authorities in Ireland. This research bridges this gap in knowledge by providing the first longitudinal study on the current levels of sustainable planning for tourism by Local Authorities in Ireland and the use of tourism indicator systems. The principle aim of this seminal research was to provide a snap shot in time of the current state of sustainable planning by Local Authorities in 2016 compared to 2006. This current research makes a further contribution to knowledge by examining the Local Authority use of tourism indicator systems when planning for tourism. A mixed-method approach was used that incorporated semi-structured interviews with senior planners in all Local Authorities across Ireland together with a content analysis of current Local Authority CDPs.
This longitudinal study has found a significant increase in the levels of sustainable planning for tourism by Local Authorities in Ireland. However, baseline data continues to illustrate a lack of specific budgets, staff allocations and other resources for tourism planning within Irelands Local Authorities. Furthermore, as of 2016, there is no incorporation of tourism indicator systems, and in particular the ETIS within the Local Authority tourism planning process. Thus potentially affecting the progression of sustainable planning for tourism in Ireland.

Presentations

International peer reviewed journal articles
2016:
McLoughlin. E, Conaghan, A and Hanrahan. J (2016) A Model for the Transition towards the
Sustainable Management of Tourism Destinations in Ireland. International Journal for Responsible Tourism, vol. 4(2), 103-123.
2015:
McLoughlin, E and Hanrahan, J. (2015) A Framework for Analysing the Local Authorities
Tourism Planning in Ireland: A Socio-Cultural Perspective. European Journal of Tourism Research, vol. 2, 73-87.
McLoughlin, E and Hanrahan, J. (2015) Local Authority Tourism Planning in Ireland: An
Environmental Perspective. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, vol 7.
McLoughlin, E and Hanrahan, J. (2015) Planning for the Economic Impacts of Tourism in
Ireland: A Local Authority Perspective.  Journal of Tourism Analysis, vol. 20(6), 665-676.
McLoughlin. E, Conaghan, A and Hanrahan. J (2015) The Attitudes of the key Stakeholders
on Sustainable Tourism in Ireland: The Holidaymaker and Tourism Enterprise Perspective. Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 63(3), 275-293.
McLoughlin. E, Conaghan, A and Hanrahan. J (2015) The Supply of Sustainable Tourism in
Ireland. Journal of Tourism, Challenges and Trends, vol. 8(2), 15-55.
McLoughlin. E, Conaghan, A and Hanrahan. J (2015) The Sustainable Management of a
Tourism Destination in Ireland: A Focus on County Clare. Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Research, vol. 3(1), 62-87.
Conference Papers
McLoughlin, E and Hanrahan, J. (2016) An Analysis of LECPs in Planning for Tourism.
Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference: Limerick Institute of Technology
McLoughlin, E and Hanrahan, J. (2015) Collaborative Sustainable Tourism Development in
Ireland: Local Authorities use of Sustainable Tourism Indicators.  Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference: Letterkenny Institute of Technology
McLoughlin, E and Hanrahan, J. (2014) Sustainable Tourism Planning in Ireland: A Local
Authority perspective. Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference: Cork
Institute of Technology
McLoughlin, E and Hanrahan, J. (2013) Importance of an Integrated Sustainable Planning
Approach to Tourism. Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference: Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Conference Presentations
‘An Analysis of LECPs in Planning for Tourism’. Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland
Conference: Limerick Institute of Technology (2016)
‘Collaborative Sustainable Tourism Development in Ireland: Local Authorities use of
Sustainable Tourism Indicators’.  Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference: Letterkenny Institute of Technology (2015)
‘Sustainable Tourism Planning in Ireland: A Local Authority perspective’. Tourism and
Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference: Cork Institute of Technology (2014)
‘Importance of an Integrated Sustainable Planning Approach to Tourism’. Tourism and
Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference: Letterkenny Institute of Technology (2013)

Collaborations

Prof Stephen Boyd (University of Ulster, UK) Motivational Study on the Wild Atlantic Way and the Silk Road, University of Ulster, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and Institute of Technology Sligo.

School/DepartmentProgrammeSRC/RRG
Business and Social Sciences PhD N/A
Photo Emmet McLoughlin

Supervisor(s)

Dr. James Hanrahan.