Brexit fears as tourists from North and UK stay away

Irish Independent - Business Week - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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