Brexit fears as tourists from North and UK stay away
SENTIMENT in the tourism industry is down slightly this year, a possible indication that perceptions regarding growth in the sector are dipping.
The drop in sentiment is likely due to the fact that a third of the sector says that business from Northern Ireland and Britain is down this year, according to the latest ‘Tourism Industry Barometer’ from Fáilte Ireland.
In addition, there is an unease over the impact that Brexit will have on business,
While counties in Northern Ireland have seen growth overall this year, they have felt a larger decline in business from Britain than other locations and, as a result, have a less positive outlook going forward, with just
11pc expecting business to be up.
Overall, the barometer of more than 500 tourism businesses around the island shows over half of the tourism industry is reporting they are expecting business to increase.
Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly said that the picture so far this year being reported by businesses reflects what has been a record year for tourism numbers.
“That said, if we take a closer look at how businesses are performing, it’s clear there are concerns brewing around the drop in business from Britain and Northern Ireland as well as the potential impact Brexit may have.”
Mr Kelly went on to say that while hotels are thriving, B&Bs are experiencing a more challenging year as they deal with a decline in visitors from the UK.