Fáilte Ireland and the Iish Hotels Federation have welcomed the establishment of the Tourism Recovery Taskforce.
Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland who is a member of the Taskforce, said the Taskforce is a critical and urgent working group dedicated to ensure the tourism sector recovers from this crisis as quickly as possible:
“The impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector has been catastrophic and the establishment by the Government of a Tourism Recovery Taskforce is very much welcomed by Fáilte Ireland. I look forward to participating and constructively engaging with my fellow members and with our Chair Ruth Andrews who has extensive knowledge of the tourism sector.
The Irish Hotels Federation welcomed the Task Force. Tim Fenn, IHF Chief Executive said that immediate measures are now urgently required to address the unprecedented challenges facing Irish tourism and hospitality.
“We are facing a deepening crisis with profound implications for the Irish economy. The immediate impact has been the closure of thousands of tourism businesses throughout the country, including over 90% of hotels. Time is now of the essence as we begin to reopen the sector, and this will require a package of sector specific measures to protect the 260,000 jobs supported by our industry.” In the aftermath of the last recession, tourism created 90,00 new jobs so with the right supports, tourism has a very important role to play in Ireland’s recovery.