Brexit response

The Brexit transition period is now complete and the UK is outside the EU Single Market and Customs Union, regardless of the outcome of ongoing EU-UK negotiations.

Alongside the challenges posed by COVID-19, Brexit will have an impact on the tourism sector – from the impact of currency fluctuations on individual tourist decisions, to impacts on the supply chain for the hospitality sector.

For the Irish tourism industry, the UK is a very significant market with more than 3 million British tourists contributing almost €1 billion to the economy in 2019. Recovery from COVID is based on the nearer overseas markets recovering sooner, so the expected drop in business from the UK market may compound and lengthen the time for businesses to recover market share. 

Fáilte Ireland is ready to provide support to Irish tourism businesses but there are steps that all tourism businesses should take to minimise any disruption:

The full range of online supports suites available, including an online learning portal and employee wellbeing resources, can be found on the Fáilte Ireland Support Hub or just click on the relevant section below.