Published on : Sunday, March 2, 2014
A conference in Co Meath was told that there are vacancies for more than 3,000 entry and craft-level jobs in the hotel industry.
While the Irish Hotels Federation conference was told an extra 74,000 jobs could be created in the hospitality industry by 2020.
Stephen McNally, the president of Incoming federation said that tourism industry could attain a determined goal of 10 million outside visitors per year by the end of the decade, up from 7 million in 2013.
But to achieve the target he said a visibly focused tourism policy backed by Government, additional investment in tourism marketing, better air access into the country, and increased funding for tourism product development would be required.
M.r McNally added that a typical yearly increase in visitor numbers of 6 per cent could produce an extra €540 million in tax revenue and bring total employment in tourism to over 270,000.