Press Releases

Thursday, July 23rd 2020

Statement from Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC), the representative body of tourism businesses across Ireland, in response to today’s publication of the July Stimulus measures.

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Wednesday, July 15th 2020

Tourism industry facing devastation without Government support in July stimulus package.

Widespread business closures and job losses likely particularly in regional Ireland says industry body.

“Viable but vulnerable” businesses require immediate measures including €1.5 billion support package and extension of wage subsidy scheme.

14-day quarantine rule is “blunt, ineffective and flawed” and needs to be replaced by a comprehensive testing regime.

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Monday, June 29th 2020

ITIC publish Tourism Industry Revival Plan in response to Covid-19

– “Irish tourism’s fightback starts here” says industry body who says that 2019 levels of revenue won’t return until 2024 –

– Immediate measures needed include €1.5 billion support package, 1-metre social distancing rule, and ending of 14-day quarantine period for international arrivals –

– ITIC “disappointed and frustrated” that tourism not included in economic ministry by new Government –

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Sunday, June 28th 2020

ITIC significantly disappointed at exclusion of tourism from economic or business portfolio in new Government

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Wednesday, May 20th 2020

ITIC welcomes appointment of Ruth Andrews to Chair Tourism Recovery Taskforce

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Wednesday, March 11th 2020

Vat deferral scheme vital to alleviate serious cashflow pressures in Tourism & Hospitality sectors – ITIC

– Immediate action is critical as thousands of jobs at stake due to volume of cancellations and lack of future bookings –

– “Cashflow is the oxygen of business” according to ITIC who state that Tourism is in front line of Coronavirus business impact –

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Monday, March 9th 2020

ITIC statement on Cancellation of St Patrick’s Day parade due to Coronavirus.

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Tuesday, November 26th 2019

CSO figures represent a mixed picture for Irish tourism. Brexit and Vat increase impacting on Ireland’s largest industry.

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Wednesday, June 12th 2019

Spend by tourists down 4% in Q1 as CSO show 2019 a tougher year for Irish tourism industry. Brexit and VAT increase impacting on Ireland’s largest industry.

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Wednesday, May 1st 2019

ITIC publishes May 2019 progress update for its ‘Tourism – An Industry Strategy for Growth to 2025’ report and warns as Government demonstrates drift and indecision on tourism policy as competitiveness weakens.

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Thursday, April 11th 2019 – ITIC AGM

  • Hard Brexit could cost Irish tourism €390 million ITIC warns
  • Tourism Industry can add 80,000 more jobs nationwide by 2025 if right policies are pursued
  • “Tourism sector at a key juncture” says incoming Chair Ruth Andrews of industry group

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Friday, February 1st 2019

The Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2019, organised by ITIC, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, gathered the ‘crème de la crème’ of the Irish tourism industry, announcing 15 winning companies as best in their category from 75 shortlisted finalists as well as a Special Recognition Award presented to Willie Walsh, CEO at IAG.

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Tuesday, October 9th 2018

Tourism industry body reaction to increase in tourism Vat rate from 9% to 13.5%

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Wednesday, September 26th 2018

Tourism – An Industry Strategy for Growth to 2025 – Autumn 2018 Update

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Tuesday, March 20th 2018

Tourism – An Industry Strategy for Growth to 2025

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Tuesday, October 10th 2017

Tourism industry body welcomes retention of tourism Vat rate

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Friday, September 29th 2017

Tourism decline from Britain continues – industry body urges Government to retain competitiveness and invest in tourism

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Wednesday, March 29th 2017

Evidence of Brexit impact – sharp drop in British visitors alarms Irish industry. Central Statistics Office confirms 6% decline in British arrivals from December 2016 to February 2017 – monthly drop in February alone is 22%. ITIC warns that up to 10,000 jobs at risk

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Monday, March 6th, 2017

Hard Brexit Poses ‘Unique And Unprecedented Challenge’ For Tourism. Industry Report Calls For Government Policies on Key Issues. Brexit Poses Biggest Threat to Ireland’s Largest Indigenous Industry since 2008 Global Crash, says ITIC

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Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Irish Tourism Industry Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in Irish tourism

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