Visitor arrival statistics are a vital tool for hoteliers and other tourism operators in the planning of their businesses. For ages we got monthly statistics from the CSO which were reasonably current and of great value. Now we only get quarterly returns which are published well after the quarter ends. For instance the Q2 figures up to the end of June appeared only towards the end of August and we are unlikely to see Q3 stats before mid November. The CSO cites lack of funds for the depletion of this service and this is probably true. However there is nothing to prvent prevent the industry (say a combination of Failte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and ITIC) paying the CSO to resume the monhly service.The motor trade does this- so why not tourism.