There are currently 40 thousand vacant jobs in the Irish tourism sector
Tourism Ireland says that 30 percent of staff have left the tourism industry since the beginning of the covid pandemic.
A new report to be released next week is expected to indicate that many hospitality businesses have had to cut down on services – such as curtailing menus or restricting opening hours.
Managing director of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons, says it’s hampering their recovery:
“We saw an incredible 30% of staff leave the industry. There are about 40,000 vacancies in hospitality right now. Many people who were in the industry from countries in Europe went back home. And there are others who found employment in other sectors as well. And it’s going to be a long slow rebuild. This is not going to be a quick flash in one year.”