12.9 C
Dublin
Sunday, May 19, 2024

Less tourists than pre-COVID

Date:

- Advertisement -

An estimated 1.7 million international travelers made their way to Ireland during the first quarter of the year, which is a 16 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2019, according to the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC).

The results from the tourism lobby show that visitors from mainland Europe and North America are driving the tourism recovery rate in Ireland, while the demand from Britain, the largest source of visitors, is still below expectations.

ITIC’s tourism volume estimates compare performance to 2019, the last ordinary year for the tourism industry. The numbers are based on past performance and current trends, extracted from carrier and port data.

The group is worried that the recovery will be hindered by continued cost inflation and supply shortages in tourism accommodation and car hire.

Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, ITIC’s Chairperson, said the lack of tourism beds is a major issue for the industry. “There will be many tourism towns along the country where the lack of tourism beds will lead to a very limited tourism activity.”

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, ITIC’s Chief Executive, added: “According to Fáilte Ireland, the impact of the government’s excessive reliance on tourism beds will cost the tourism economy €1.1 billion this year. Those affected the most are downstream tourism businesses such as attractions, cultural experiences, inbound operators, restaurants and vintners.”

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

Christopher
Christopher
Christopher is an accomplished writer who has always dreamed of being a journalist. He is a gifted storyteller who has a way of bringing even the most mundane subjects to life. Christopher is known for his meticulous research and attention to detail, which is evident in his writing. He has a passion for uncovering the truth and presenting it in a way that is both engaging and informative. Christopher is a dedicated journalist who is committed to serving his community through his work. When he's not writing, Christopher enjoys playing music, cooking, and spending time with his loved ones.

Share post:

Subscribe

Popular

More like this
Related

Guinness Brews Green Future With Massive Investment

Guinness, a leading name in the brewing industry, is...

Fuel Consumers Rally Against Impending Tax Increase

Fuel consumers are mobilizing in opposition to an impending...

Waterford’s Cutting-Edge Digital Election Platform Unveiled

Waterford's recent introduction of a cutting-edge digital election platform,...

Elon Musk’s China Visit Amid EV Competition

Elon Musk's recent presence in China, a pivotal player...