Tourism Ireland has welcomed the expansion of 6% in abroad visitors to Ireland in the first quarter of the 12 months, from January to March.
Commenting on figures published today by the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland for the initial quarter of 2019, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, explained:
“Today’s figures from the CSO validate that abroad visitor numbers grew by +6% in the initial a few months of 2019.
“Customer figures from Mainland Europe and lengthy-haul marketplaces are up – but they spent less nights right here, so spend by individuals people is down. Holiday visitor figures amplified by +5%, with expend on a par with 2018.
Today’s figures from @CSOIreland verify that overseas visitor numbers grew by +6% in the initial three months of 2019. Even so, shell out is down -4%, with North The usa the only sector spot showing profits advancement (+3%) pic.twitter.com/y6nwS6lem7
— Tourism Ireland (@TourismIreland) June 12, 2019
“We are in constant get in touch with with our tourism partners all over the country and we know that expansion in overseas tourism is not getting felt evenly across the market. Following numerous a long time of progress, we are incredibly a lot conscious that this 12 months will be extra hard.
“Britain remains our most hard sector for the peak time.
“Final 7 days, we launched a new approach for the British sector we will keep on to watch the market place closely, performing in conjunction with our British-centered Brexit Taskforce,” he explained.
The Chairperson of the Irish Tourism Business Confederation (ITIC) warned that investing problems for tourism and hospitality firms ended up much more hard this 12 months and there was an onus on Governing administration to improve the competitiveness of Irish tourism.
Talking at an ITIC occasion held in Killarney Ruth Andrews, Chairperson of ITIC, mentioned that the CSO figures ensure business sentiment on the floor:
“Latest official tourism numbers spotlight the influence of amplified charges and Brexit uncertainly on tourism firms in the course of the place.”
ITIC has criticized the Government for drift on tourism plan which include improved taxation, increasing costs of small business, inadequate overseas internet marketing budgets, and confusion over new laws curbing self-catering tourism accommodation. ITIC estimates that expansion in 2019 at 3% will only be half of what official estimates had mentioned earlier in the 12 months.
Chief Government of ITIC Eoghan O’Mara Walsh stated:
At a time of considerable Brexit uncertainty, and a tightening of air solutions into Eire, ITIC has identified as on the Govt to prove its dedication to tourism and not reduce the option for regional growth.
O’Mara Walsh urged more financial commitment by the Governing administration in tourism “the raise in point out funding this calendar year only provides tourism funding again to 2008 ranges – that is a lengthy ten years of underinvestment.
“If the Federal government is critical about tourism it should support the sector. Also numerous work opportunities are at stake and this is regional Ireland’s most significant employer by some distance,” he said.
Just one in 6 work in Killarney are estimated to be in the tourism and hospitality sector as ITIC held their Council meeting in the Brehon Lodge.