Tourism representatives predict ‘wipe out’ for 2021 season

2021 has almost been written off by the tourism sector, according to representatives for the industry.

They want the temporary wage subsidy scheme to be extended and VAT rates cut to help businesses survive.

The Covid-19 Committee in the Dail has been hearing from representatives of pubs, restaurants and hotels on the recovery of the sector after the pandemic.

They say without support from government, the economy will lose 10 billion euro over the next five years.

Padraig Cribben from the Vintners Federation of Ireland says there is a lot of uncertainty for the sector.

Meanwhile, there was criticism for landlords and insurance companies who the sector say haven’t been helping the situation.

The industry is now calling on the Government to bring in a range of measures in the July stimulus package to help the sector survive and plan for the future.