• Cyril McAree

Fáilte Ireland’s Industry Brexit Advisory Group Meet In Dublin

Following the government’s budget announcement and the ongoing Brexit developments, Fáilte Ireland met with key members of the tourism industry this week to discuss the current state of play within the sector and the challenges ahead post Brexit.

Speaking at Fáilte Ireland’s Industry Brexit Advisory Group meeting at their headquarters in Dublin, Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland said:

“The allocation in Budget 2020 of €40million for the tourism industry in a no-deal Brexit scenario is a significant investment. This will allow us to intensify our work to develop and support the tourism sector while also enhancing Ireland’s appeal as a tourist destination.

We also acknowledge the €7million supplementary tourism fund provided by Government for the remainder of 2019. We will immediately use the €1million allocation to Fáilte Ireland to support tourism businesses along the border counties.

The investment by Government is welcome given the very serious challenges ahead for the tourism industry. The overall softening of outbound tourism from our major markets, increased cost pressures combined with the impact of Brexit are real challenges that the tourism industry now face and we will continue to work closely with tourism businesses to support the development of a ‘world class industry’ in the face of these challenges.”

Pic Shows: Members of Fáilte Ireland’s Industry Brexit Advisory Group include: Paul Kelly CEO, Paul Keeley, Martina Bromley, Paul Mockler, Caeman Wall and Helen McDaid, Fáilte Ireland, Bernard O'Shea and Maria Melia, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS), Shane Clarke, Tourism Ireland, Eoghan O’Meara Walsh, Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC), Michael Lennon, Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), Niall McCarthy, Dublin Airport Authority, Paul Carty, Association of Visitor Experiences & Attractions (AVEA), Mary Doogan, B&B Ireland, Joe Dolan, The Bush Hotel, Paul Byrne, Radisson Hotel Letterkenny, Stephen Cotter, CIE Tours, Stephen McNally, Dalata Hotel Group, Tony Walker, The Slieve Russell Hotel, Howard Hastings, Hastings Hotels.

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