Maurice Pratt: Unprecedented threat to tourism needs radical solutions

With the value of the sector set to drop by a staggering 75% this year, only a comprehensive recovery strategy will salvage the situation

5th July, 2020
Maurice Pratt: Unprecedented threat to tourism needs radical solutions
It is estimated that the value of the tourism economy will fall by a staggering 75 per cent in 2020

The new government has the unenviable task of trying to balance public health concerns with ensuring that the economy doesn’t fall off a cliff. Catherine Martin, the deputy leader of the Green Party and the new tourism minister, has one of the biggest challenges of all in this regard.

This was supposed to be a year of steady growth for Irish tourism, the country’s largest indigenous industry and biggest regional employer, after a...

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