Press Releases

Thursday, November 10th 2022
October Tourism Dashboard shows recovery in inbound tourism but next year of significant concern to industry

– October data shows international visitor arrivals down 7% compared to October 2019 and down 19% year-to-date –

– Key North American market performing well with 196,000 visitors to Ireland last month while Continental European market was strongest performer –

– Significant industry concern for next year with twin obstacles to recovery: soaring cost inflation and over-dependence on tourism accommodation by Government for refugees –

PRESS RELEASE
Wednesday, October 12th 2022
Strong September Tourism Dashboard but future of significant concern to industry

– September data shows recovery in international visitors continues, down 9% compared to Sep 2019 and down 20% year-to-date –

– Key North American market performing well with 230,000 visitors to Ireland last month while Continental European market was strongest performer –

– Increasing industry concern for next year with twin obstacles to recovery: soaring cost and energy inflation as well as impact of Government contracts on supply –

– One in 4 tourism bedrooms now occupied by refugees and asylum seekers –

PRESS RELEASE
Tuesday, September 27th 2022
Mixed budget for Irish tourism industry

– Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme welcomed although concerns that it does not go far enough to support high-energy business users –

– Disappointment that Budget not used to extend 9% Vat rate beyond February –

– Additional marketing funds welcomed as important “to stimulate demand” –

– Full tourism industry recovery not expected until 2027 –

PRESS RELEASE
Wednesday, May 18th 2022
Industry body’s monthly dashboard (April 2022) of tourism industry performance in association with AIB

– April data shows total arrivals down 21% and year-to-date down 35% compared to 2019 –

– 140,000 North American visitors came to Ireland in April while Continental European market was strongest performer –

– ITIC revised growth scenario estimate recovery in inbound tourism of 67% this year compared to peak –

– Inflation 4 times higher than same month in 2019 and ITIC warn “Competitiveness is critical to the success of Ireland’s tourism industry” –

PRESS RELEASE
Wednesday, April 27th 2022
Industry body forecasts improved recovery of tourism for 2022

– Projections this year now show 67% recovery to 2019 levels, up from 60% –

– ITIC predict full recovery won’t be achieved until 2026 –

– Flagship conference sees tourism sustainability report launched in association with AIB – 26 key policy recommendations –

– Cost inflation, labour shortages and Ukraine war all pose a challenge as ITIC warn that “Government must stay the course in supporting tourism recovery” –

PRESS RELEASE
Wednesday, December 29th 2021
ITIC Year End Review of 2021 and Outlook for 2022

– €12.2 billion lost to Irish tourism and hospitality industry due to Covid-19 –

– Industry body (ITIC) calls for long-term sector-specific plan to support country’s largest indigenous industry and biggest regional employer –

– 60% recovery in inbound tourism possible in 2022 but travel restrictions must be lifted to avoid a “third doomed summer” –

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