The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) today publishes an open letter to the Taoiseach calling for personal leadership to ensure Ireland signs up to the European Commission’s proposal on free movement due to be discussed by EU Council later this month. In the letter – co-signed by amongst others Aer Lingus, daa, Shannon Airport, Irish Ferries and Stena Line – ITIC state that public health must remain the priority but “saving lives cannot be seen as mutually exclusive to saving livelihoods”. ITIC point out that the current situation pertaining to international travel is akin to a closed sign above Ireland for inbound tourism and, if maintained, could result in up to 300,000 job losses.
“It need not be like this” said Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, ITIC CEO “75% of Ireland’s tourism economy is made up of inbound visitation and is vital that we recommence international travel in a safe and sensible manner. The absence of international tourists has cost the Irish tourism industry €27 million per day over the summer months.”
The European proposal centres around a traffic light system, based on Covid infection rates, and would allow for the free movement of people traveling from both green and orange coded areas with a testing regime to be considered for those countries coded red. The European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) has confirmed their support of such a proposal.
To see the open letter to Taoiseach please CLICK HERE or on the image below.