| 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.