Published on : Sunday, November 26, 2017
The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has expressed “strong concern” over the effect that Brexit will have on the Irish travel industry. The inaugural Irish Travel Industry Summit was held at Dublin’s Clayton Hotel in Ballsbridge yesterday.
The ITAA President Cormac Meehan said that uncertainty and risk of Brexit will impact growth in the travel industry in Ireland.
To quote Meehan, “Whatever happens to the macro-economy of Europe, post Brexit will affect us all. £According to data by Tourism Ireland, British holidaymakers travelling abroad in the future will spend 50% less while on holidays, 37% will reduce their holiday budget and 17% will postpone a trip outside of the UK”.
Mr. Meehan said that Brexit will also see the renegotiation of the single sky treaty and this would see many low cost carriers “move their bases from the UK sooner rather than later.”
He added, “The uncertainty and risk are certain to impact our sector’s growth.”
Mr. Meehan and Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA, recently met with the Spanish and Portuguese national tourist boards.
Mr Meehan said, “It is our hope that holidaymakers from other European markets, such Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, will help keep prices down for Irish consumers.”
Regarding Ireland’s key connections with the UK, he said, “Increased border controls will stifle the movement of over 50 million people annually between our two islands and will result in many challenges for our Northern Ireland counterparts. A weak pound will mean that cost of sales will rise, margins will drop, and lower customer numbers will result in higher prices. Increased border controls will also impact staff mobility.”