Irish tourism is yet to recover fully

 Friday, August 25, 2023 


The committee representing tourism in Ireland has recently said that it is quite worried that the recuperation of the sector is yet to reach its full circle.

Highlighting its newest monthly dashboard for tourism, the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation explained that rising inflation is actually harming the profitability of the business and this together with limited supply of accommodation, which signifies in spite of strong demand there remains major apprehension for the years to come.

The Chief Executive of ITIC, Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, said that it is obvious that numbers in the airport are inflated by the residents going to foreign countries as hotel occupancy is overblown by humanitarian contracts.

To the country, the real numbers of visitors are still well below the pre- pandemic times and this is definitely creating a huge challenge for the country’s tourism which is the largest indigenous industry of Ireland and the biggest local employer at the same time.

To Ireland, the dashboard shows that 1.66 million tourists came between the periods April to June. They spent €1.96 billion here. Over the three months, the most valuable market was North America. From here, visitors had spent around €827m. Britain was the biggest single source market for Ireland.

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