Tourism Body Warns Over Sharp Fall in British Visitors

The Central Statistics Office confirms 6% decline in British arrivals from December 2016 to February 2017 – monthly drop in February alone is 22% and the ITIC warns that up to 10,000 jobs at risk!

The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC), the umbrella group for the tourism industry in Ireland, today (Wednesday, 29th March) warns that the impact of Brexit is already damaging Irish tourism. The latest data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) confirms that British tourism arrivals to Ireland are down 6% for the period December-February. This represents 49,200 fewer British visitors compared to the same period last year and is real evidence that the Irish tourism industry is very vulnerable to Brexit.

ITIC represents airlines, hotels, tour operators, ferry companies, visitor attractions and other leading tourism interests. Paul Gallagher, Chairman of ITIC, said: “The three-month trend from Britain shows a decline of 6% but looking at February alone there is a very worrying decline of 22% – if that level of decline continues for the year it would mean 850,000 less arrivals from Britain to Ireland and this would impact up to 10,000 jobs…. The CSO figures released today are confirmation of what the Irish tourism industry has been saying for some time. Brexit represents the biggest challenge to Irish tourism since the global recession. The Government has been asleep at the wheel, despite the Irish tourism industry urgings, and corrective action is needed now.”

Tourism is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, employing 220,000 people throughout the country, 1 in every 9 jobs. The industry is worth over €8 billion annually to the economy, according to ITIC, whom has previously published a report on the impact of Brexit on Irish tourism warning that failure by the Government to put policies in place to mitigate the adverse consequences of Ireland’s largest tourism market leaving the EU will damage jobs and regional growth.

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of ITIC said: “Although other markets are performing well, Britain is Ireland’s largest visitor source market and of critical importance. There were 3.9 million arrivals from Britain in 2016 and they spent €1.1 billion in the national economy….over 2 in every 5 international visitors to Ireland come from the UK and Brexit poses a unique and unprecedented challenge. It is absolutely vital that everything is done to support the tourism sector and underpin jobs.”

The ITIC calls on the Government to reverse recent cuts and provide an immediate €12 million boost to tourism budgets to consolidate UK market share, diversify into new markets and provide a package of supports to tourism businesses.

Mr Gallagher said: “Corrective policy action is urgently needed. Other export sectors have received support and yet tourism, which employs 220,000 people throughout the country, is being taken for granted by the Government”.

The ITIC pointed out that Brexit will have a particularly negative impact on Dublin and the border regions.

Mr O’Mara Walsh stressed that the tourism sector was very exposed to Brexit and required a strategic support framework. ITIC is calling for a €12 million support package for Irish tourism to allow for market diversification and to support the industry and vulnerable tourism enterprises. Mr Gallagher  added: “As a sector if pro-tourism policies are adopted and appropriate investment strategies implemented we can continue to grow but Brexit poses a real risk to sustained growth unless the Government acts now”.


Ireland Tastes Great! Tourism Ireland Unveils New ‘Mouth-Watering’ Film!

Tourism Ireland has unveiled a new online film, showcasing the range of delicious food and fresh produce available right across the island of Ireland.


 Called “Flavours from the Island of Ireland”, the short film provides a glimpse of the superb food scene here. From farm to fork, and from port to place, the message for ‘foodies’ and potential visitors around the world is that we’ve got incredible produce that inspires creative and delicious dishes in the restaurants and cafés right around the island. And, from creamy butter and freshly caught seafood, to gourmet creations and finger-licking street food – visitors can prepare for a delicious trip to this island!

To view the film, click here

The film is being promoted through Tourism Ireland’s social platforms, including Facebook (more than 3.8 million fans worldwide), Twitter (392,000 followers) and YouTube.


Mount Juliet Estate is New Sponsor of the Thomastown Hurling Team

 Mount Juliet Estate is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the Thomastown Hurling Team. The patronage includes exclusive branding of new team playing shirts with the distinctive Mount Juliet pheasant displayed proudly across each one.

Christine Murphy presents Ray Challoner and Jonjo Farrell with the newly branded team shirts.

Christine Murphy presents Ray Challoner and Jonjo Farrell with the newly branded team shirts.

 This new involvement sees Mount Juliet Estate continuing to build on the strong relationship it has with the surrounding local community and Thomastown. The Estate has a long history of supporting the locality, with families and employees living onsite until the 1980s. The association with Thomastown hurling represents a new era of engagement with the community. 

Speaking at the presentation of the newly branded team shirts, Christine Murphy, General Manager of Mount Juliet Estate said: “We are delighted to continue to build on our heritage with sponsorship of the Thomastown Hurling Team. There are important similarities between the histories of both Mount Juliet Estate and the GAA, with a strong focus on family and the community a stand-out factor in both…… 

The branded team shirts represent a proud relationship for Mount Juliet Estate with this successful hurling team and the associated local community. The team is made up of players from Thomastown, including sons, grandsons, fathers, husbands, brothers, nephews, neighbours and friends, and so provides a natural fit with the Mount Juliet Estate family. We look forward to promoting Thomastown Hurling and fostering a strong partnership between the team and our staff.”

The Thomastown Hurling Team created history during the 2012/2013 season by emerging as winners in the Kilkenny Junior Championship and subsequently went on to secure the Leinster and All-Ireland titles.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology, School of Tourism, are IHI Winners!

Letterkenny Institute of Technology, School of Tourism, wins the 32nd Irish Hospitality Institute National Hospitality Business Management Game 2017


A team of 4 students representing Letterkenny Institute of Technology, School of Tourism was selected as the outright winner of the 32nd Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) National Hospitality Business Management Game 2017 at the Conrad, Dublin.

“Today our industry witnessed the talent and potential of the next generation of Young Hospitality Managers” and the first win for Letterkenny Institute of Technology at the IHI National Hospitality Business Management Game.

The winning team scored top marks in the competition that attracted six teams representing young hospitality managers of the future from all over Ireland including Dublin Institute of Technology, Athlone Instiute of Technology, Shannon College of Hotel Management and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. The Game supported by Failte Ireland, Dalata Hotel Group and the Irish Hotels Federation, tested the business acumen and management skills of this dynamic group of students.

awards 2The Hospitality Industry provides young graduates with real career opportunities to explore and develop in so many aspects of business: Sales and Marketing, Revenue Management, Finance, Human Resources, Training and Development and Operations: Proving the Hospitality Industry is dynamic and great place to work.

Minister Launches “Collaborate Locally to Compete Globally”

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan T.D., officially launched the Local Authorities Tourism Conference “Collaborate Locally to Compete Globally” in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. A local authority sectoral tourism conference was first proposed by the Minister to the County and City Management Association (CCMA) last October and this event was the culmination of a partnership approach between his staff and the local government sector.

Local Authority Tourism Launch

 The Government’s Tourism Policy Statement “People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025” commits to giving Local Authorities an enhanced role in tourism. The subsequent Tourism Action Plan 2016-2018 includes a specific action requiring each Local Authority to produce a tourism strategy and a commitment to hold a conference to bring together the varied stakeholders in local tourism to exchange best practice.

 Speaking at the launch Minister O’Donovan said: “I am delighted to be invited by the County and City Management Association to address this important inaugural Local Government Tourism Conference today. Firstly, I would like to congratulate all 31 Local Authorities on the production of such impressive Statements of Strategy and Workplans. Local Authorities have long recognised the importance of tourism as a contributor to the local economy and have actively engaged with local communities, tourism and hospitality businesses and the State agencies to develop their local tourism experiences. That’s why this event is so significant; it is the coming together of all local authorities in the country, to share learnings and best practices and to listen to experts in the tourism field. This will ensure that, together, we will continue to grow and develop our tourism offering in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.”