Tourism policy welcomed by local hoteliers

Irish Hotels Federation

Irish Hotels Federation

Waterford hoteliers have welcomed the Government’s new tourism policy launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Kilkenny yesterday (Monday).

Commenting on the launch, Aidan Quirke, Chair of the South East branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) stated: “The Government’s continued strong focus on tourism is of critical importance for the many thousands of tourism businesses throughout the country, including hotels and guesthouses in Waterford.

“The tourism strategy announced is a welcome recognition of tourism’s potential to continue delivering much-needed jobs growth.”

Aidan Quirke said hoteliers in Waterford are looking forward to working with the Government to achieve the targets set out in the tourism strategy, including plans to grow overseas visitors to 10 million per annum by 2025.

This would increase annual revenues from overseas visitors to €5 billion and result in an additional 50,000 jobs for the country, bringing total employment supported by the sector to over 250,000.

“Thanks to a number of pro-tourism initiatives, the industry continues to act as an engine of employment growth – both nationally and throughout the South East,” said Mr Quirke.

“The nine per cent VAT rate, in particular, has been of enormous importance to the industry, helping to level the playing field for tourism businesses when competing with international destinations for visitors.

“It continues to create much-needed employment across the country with 70 per cent of Irish hotels and guesthouses planning to take on additional new staff over the next 12 months.”

Mr Quirke noted the increased sense of optimism in the tourism industry as it continues to grow market share and attract growing numbers of overseas visitors.

“Our industry has significantly upped its game on the marketing front in recent years, with targeted programmes from Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland achieving strong cut through in reinvigorating our tourism brand and Ireland’s image as a holiday destination.

“We have, without doubt, become more imaginative in developing our tourism product and in giving holidaymakers new and compelling reasons to visit.”

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