Tourism Ireland has welcomed the publication of the Tourism Recovery Plan 2020-2023 from the Tourism Recovery Taskforce.

The Tourism Recovery Taskforce was appointed in May to prepare a Tourism Recovery Plan including recommendations on how best the Irish tourism sector can adapt and recover in a changed tourism environment as a result of the crisis.

The report details a number of immediate priority recommendations for survival, including an adjustment of the Employee Wage Support Scheme so that businesses can avail of the subsidy rates which applied for the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme based on a scale of income reduction.  It calls for a reduced VAT rate of 9% with immediate effect, and for legislative measures to increase the supply and reduce the cost of insurance.

The Taskforce recommendations are intended to help ensure the survival of tourism businesses and jobs and also to help the sector to stabilise and recover in the years to come.

The full report can be read here.

As part of its work, the Taskforce undertook a widespread stakeholder consultation process which was helpful in generating ideas and inputs for its final report. The Taskforce has now completed its work and its Chairperson, Ms. Ruth Andrews, submitted the Recovery Plan to the Minister.

The membership also includes Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, Director, Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel and Spa, Adare, and President of the Irish Hotels Federation; and Eimear Killian, General Manager of “Brasserie on the Corner” Restaurant, Galway.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “In a normal year, around 75% of the total tourism spend comes from international visitors. While ‘staycation’ business has helped alleviate the complete collapse of the tourism sector in 2020, it will be important to welcome back international visitors at the earliest opportunity and when the time is right.”

Ruth Andrews, Chairperson of the Tourism Recovery Taskforce, added: “The impact of COVID-19 on tourism has been existential, devastating employment, businesses and livelihoods across the sector. Nevertheless, even in these incredibly difficult times, I and my colleagues on the Taskforce are confident that the Irish tourism industry can recover and develop as a world leader in sustainable tourism practices.”

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