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IHF Looks Forward to Working Closely with Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan, TD
Friday, 20th May 2016: The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) welcomes the appointment of Patrick O’Donovan, TD as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. Given tourism’s position as the country’s largest indigenous employer, Minister O’Donovan will play an important role within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in ensuring that national policies are focused on supporting and developing this vital industry.
IHF President, Joe Dolan says: “The recovery in Irish tourism has been supported by a range of targeted Government measures that have been enormously positive for our industry. As such, we look forward to working closely with Minister O’Donovan to build on the significant progress made over the last five years, during which time Irish tourism has created over 33,000 new jobs.”
Mr Dolan states however that continued growth in tourism cannot be taken for granted. Irish tourism is only at the early stage of recovery following the downturn and further progress is needed before it reaches its full potential as an engine of growth and job creation.
“Our industry is now on track to create a further 40,000 additional jobs by 2021,” says Mr Dolan. “However, this can only be achieved if tourism remains to the fore of Government decision making and continues to be supported by longterm policies focused on growth and employment.”
Mr Dolan thanked outgoing Minister for State Michael Ring 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 205,000 jobs – equivalent to 11% of total employment in the country. Over 33,000 additional jobs created by hospitality and tourism since 2011, accounting for 1 in every 5 new jobs. It accounts for almost 4% of GNP and generated €1.8 billion in taxes. Last year, Ireland attracted over 8.5 million overseas visitors and total tourism revenue was €7.3 billion*, of which foreign exchange earnings in the economy amounted to €5.7 billion. Based on projected rates of growth in overseas visitors, the IHF forecasts that Irish tourism as a whole is now on track to create a further 40,000 jobs over the next five years.
* includes carrier receipts and revenue from visitors from Northern Ireland
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