IHF Looks Forward to Working Closely with Minister of State Brendan Griffin, TD

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) welcomes the appointment of Brendan Griffin, TD as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. Minister Griffin will play an important role within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in ensuring that national policies are focused on supporting and developing the industry, the country’s largest indigenous employer.


IHF President, Joe Dolan says: “This appointment comes at a pivotal time for the tourism sector. The recent strong recovery in Irish tourism has been supported by a range of targeted Government measures that have been enormously positive for our industry.  In the last six years we have created over 50,000 jobs with the tourism industry as a whole now supporting approximately 230,000 jobs. We look forward to working closely with Minister Griffin to build on that progress and to facing the very real challenge that Brexit is posing to our industry.


“However, recent CSO figures have shown that Brexit is beginning to bite, with a 6.5% fall in visitors from Britain in the first three months of the year.   Continued growth is a priority for the sector and is achievable but that requires specific actions including a significant increase in marketing support and targeted assistance for those regions which have high dependency on the UK market.


“There are aspects of the economic consequences of Brexit which are largely outside our control so it is imperative that we plan and mitigate the risks and potential damage where we do have some control over our destiny,"  Mr Dolan says.


Mr Dolan thanked outgoing Minister for State Patrick O’Donovan, TD for his commitment to the industry during his tenure within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and for helping to ensure that tourism remained at the heart of Government policy during his term.


Tourism’s economic contribution

Tourism is one of Ireland’s largest indigenous industries and supports over 230,000 jobs – equivalent to 11% of total employment in the country. Over 50,000 additional jobs were created by hospitality and tourism since 2011, accounting for 1 in every 5 new jobs. It accounts for almost 4% of GNP. Last year, Ireland attracted over 8.8 million overseas visitors and total tourism revenue was €8.25 billion, of which foreign exchange earnings in the economy amounted to €6.49 billion.






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