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Activity tourism was worth €1.2 billion in 2008 to the Irish economy. Visiting Irish coastal areas and taking part in water-based activities are significant attractions. There is a wide range of water-based leisure activities on offer in Ireland, including sailing, boating,angling, bathing and water sports (e.g. water skiing, surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling). These activities accounted for about 10% of the domestic tourism market in 2003, with a total of 659,500 Irish adults engaging in one or more activities. Figures for the mid-‘90s indicate that over 260,000 overseas visitors participated in a water-based leisure activity every year.With proper organisation and development, research indicates a potential to grow the value of Ireland's marine and water-based tourism sector resources towards €1 billion by 2013.