Uncertainty in Brexit cause drop in tourist numbers

Published on : Saturday, September 28, 2019

In August 2019, fewer tourists travelled to the Republic than in the same time last year.


This is down to a reduction in British tourist numbers, statistics published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show.


A weak sterling against the euro, travel to the Republic has turned out to be pricey for UK visitors since the 2016 Brexit vote.


In August 2019, 2.7 per cent fewer tourists came here, with the total number of trips standing at 393,000.


“Today’s CSO figures for tourism confirm a decline in arrival numbers that has been felt for some time by Ireland’s tourism industry,” the chief executive of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation, Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, said.


August marked the third month in terms of drop in the past four when compared to 2018, and Mr O’Mara Walsh observed that uncertainty in Brexit, together with the Government’s VAT rate increase, has challenged the sector this year.


“Tourism is in the front line of Brexit, and more investment by the Government is badly needed to support regional Ireland. State investment in tourism is only now at 2008 levels – that is a long decade of under-investment and must be corrected urgently.”


Individually, Fáilte Ireland estimated of late that a no-deal Brexit could wipe out about €380 million in tourism revenues and loss of up to 10,000 tourism jobs.


To the Republic, in August 2019, 1.19 million foreigners enjoyed their trips. However, it was a fall of 11,500 on the same month in 2018, as trips by the tourists from European countries other than Britain have risen by just 0.2 per cent to 427,900.


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