Tourism Ireland Brexit Taskforce Meeting – July 2019

Tourism Ireland Brexit Taskforce Meeting – July 2019



over here in the tourism Ireland offices in London today with the meeting of the Great Britain based breaks a task force this task force was established three years ago when the UK voted to leave the European Union it consists of senior members of the tourism industry across the UK and Ireland including chief executives of the European tour operators Association UK inbound the UK tourism alliance tourism Northern Ireland the Northern Ireland tourism alliance and other senior leaders of the industry we were also joined today by Minister Brendan Griffin and it gave him a chance to hear a first-hand the concerns of the industry particularly across the island of Ireland about business and how its faring up for the season it's fair to say there's a degree of consensus in relation to how things are going we know that volume business for the first five months of the year is up about 3.7 percent but certainly been felt very unevenly throughout the country there's a bit of concern the summer season being a little bit flat the air access picture is up about two and a half percent so we still have 600 of 10,000 seats every single week coming in from different destinations the overall air access picture from Great Britain is still holding up as is the sea access situation which is very positive given that Irish ferries have put on a new crab this year and we also have the biggest ever investment in Irish tourism with center parks opening in Longford during the course of the summer we've got some really good feedback today from all our industry partners around the table as to the performance of how the year is shaping up but also has the future as shaping up – people are very positive and optimistic about the foundations in relation to tourism in Ireland competitiveness and investment is going to be really important the increase in hotel capacity this year has been really welcomed by tour operators as we head into the winter season we have our campaign for your heart with Ireland across the airwaves in 23 markets around the globe we have a new strategy for the Great Britain market which is seeking to increase business by 25 percent over the next four years it's important that we keep a very watchful eye and the taskforce has agreed to meet again in about three months time we've just had a really good informative meeting here in London to discuss their braixen and the challenges that are facing the British market it's been fantastic experience getting some real insight into some of the issues that we potentially face and working together in partnership to resolve some of those issues as well breaked intercourse is the unknown we don't quite know how it's going to manifest itself but I think the most important thing is that we put our strong foot forward promote Ireland in this very very important market we'll continue to keep in touch and keep you posted on developments

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