Tourism Recovery Plan sets out what must be done for the industry

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has welcomed the publication of the Tourism Recovery Plan 2020 -2023, which has been prepared by the Tourism Recovery Taskforce.

Deputy Farrell said, “This report shows the significant level of support and investment we must deliver to prevent long-term damage to the tourism sector in Ireland.”

“In Fingal, we are lucky to have so many wonderful tourist attractions of which residents are rightly proud. These include Malahide Castle, Ardgillan Castle, St. Macculins Church and many more heritage and historic sites across Fingal.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “The report makes clear recommendations on how we can save jobs in the industry and return the sector to growth, this includes:

  • Business continuity grants.
  • An extended Covid-19 adaption grant.
  • Tourism specific loans.
  • Increased marketing for tourism sites.
  • Rebuilding inbound international tourism.
  • Professional development supports.
  • VAT reductions for the hospitality sector.

The report also makes a number of recommendations regarding the long-term stability and health of our tourism sector, notably they include, the exploration of an additional bank holiday, the implementation of a €92 million Industry Activation Fund over three years and the funding of a Tourism Satellite Account.”

Deputy Farrell added, “Our country relies on a healthy and vibrant tourism industry, the knock-on effect to the local economy is clear and well known. We need to do everything we can to protect the industry, protect jobs and give the sector a chance to return to growth.”