Top-line data from the latest Fáilte Ireland Tourism Barometer, a survey of more than 500 tourism businesses around the country, shows that overall industry confidence remains upbeat as 2017 draws to a close but points to growing challenges in Dublin and the border counties related to Brexit.
Overall, industry sentiment is positive but has slightly dipped compared to the same time last year:
Sentiment in the industry is less positive than in recent post-crisis years; however, it is still healthy. The industry started 2017 with much uncertainty over Brexit and sterling exchange rates but has been bolstered by more American and German visitors.
Factors underpinning current sentiment include:
* The paid serviced accommodation (PSA) sector has enjoyed a strong year, with two in three (67%) businesses receiving more visitors than the same period last year;
* Hotels are performing particularly well, with 69% welcoming more visitors than in 2016 - the strength of the North American market has been very important for making up the shortfall in visitors from Britain;
* Guesthouses are also doing well in 2017 with about three in five (59%) enjoying more visitors in 2017 than last year – much of this success is due to the strength of the German market with 71% of guesthouses welcoming more German visitors this year;