A drop in foreign tourist arrivals to Ireland is prompting calls for the government to take action, reports Breaking News.
The Irish Restaurant Association says the number of foreign tourists visiting the coast has dropped by almost a third.
Tourism figures from the Central Statistics Office showed that tourist arrivals fell to 582,100 in September from 737,600 in August, reports Breaking News.
It posted on social media that restaurants had a “grave impact” on their ability to keep their doors open.
Restaurant Association chief executive Adrian Cummins said it would cause difficulties for the hospitality industry.
“The figures in terms of visitor numbers into the country have a knock-on effect in terms of the amount of spending in restaurants and cafes and the tourism industry at large. Also, it will have a big effect for 2024 if we don’t change the scenario. We are 32 per cent down in terms of the number of visitors to Ireland. That is a huge discrepancy in terms of where we should be for the economy and in terms of the tourism industry. That is something that needs be to be addressed by the Government with immediate effect,” reports Breaking News.
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