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  • Irish tourism’s success has been supported by targeted, pro-tourism measures
  • Tourism has the potential to create an additional 40,000 new jobs by 2021
  • It is vital that the industry remains at the heart of Government economic policy


Wednesday, 11th May 2016: The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) welcomes the pro-tourism measures announced today as part of the Programme for Partnership Government. Joe Dolan, President of the IHF said the measures are an acknowledgement of the critical role played by tourism in the country’s ongoing recovery and will ensure tourism remains a major source of employment generation.


In particular the IHF welcomes the commitment to retain the 9% tourism VAT rate, which continues to be enormously successful in creating additional employment by bringing Ireland more closely in line with tourism VAT rates in other European countries with which we compete. Since 2011, the initiative has enabled tourism businesses to create an additional 33,000 new jobs throughout the country.


Other important measures announced today include the maintenance of the 0% airport travel tax; €10 million in additional funding for Regional Airports; €100 million in additional capital funding for the Wild Atlantic Way and further development of a nationwide greenways network; and the development of an 'Ireland's Lakelands' brand to sit alongside the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's Ancient East.


“The measures announced are very positive for the many thousands of tourism businesses across the country which now support over 205,000 jobs – equivalent to 11% of total employment,” stated Mr Dolan. He noted, however, that while Irish tourism has made significant progress following the downturn, the industry is only at the early stage of recovery.


“Given the right support, Irish tourism has the potential to create a further 40,000 new jobs over the next five years,” stated Mr Dolan. “As such, we believe the proposed programme for Government will go a long way in helping us to achieve this goal and ensure tourism lives up to its full potential as an engine for growth and employment.” 






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