Irish tourism industry affected by conspicuous drop in British visitors

Published on : Friday, March 31, 2017

Irish tourism industryAs per latest data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), British tourism arrivals in Ireland are down by 6% for the December-February period. This implies 49,200 fewer British visitors compared to the same period last year and this shows that the Irish tourism industry is quite vulnerable to Brexit.

The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC) has warned that the impact of Brexit is already causing damage to Irish Tourism. Tourism is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, employing 220,000 people throughout the country, accounting 1 in every 9 jobs. ITIC previously furnished a report on Brexit’s impact of Irish tourism and warned that the government’s failure to put policies in place for countering adverse consequences of Ireland’s largest tourism market leaving the EU will harm regional growth and jobs.

The ITIC warns that if tourism decline continues for the year, it would mean 850,000 less arrivals from Britain to Ireland, impacting up to 10,000 jobs. To quote Chairman of ITIC, Paul Gallagher, “The CSO figures released today are confirmation of what the Irish tourism industry has been saying for some time. Brexit represents the biggest challenge to Irish tourism since the global recession. The Government has been asleep at the wheel, despite the Irish tourism industry urgings, and corrective action is needed now.”

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