Your city and country need you as hospitality industry seeks to fill hundreds of jobs ASAP

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By Rachel Cunningham

Dublin and Ireland tourism bosses are urgently seeking personnel to fill hundreds of jobs in the sector this summer.

Qualified and non-qualified are being sought to meet the demand from foreigners visiting the capital and other parts of Ireland.

Recent estimates show that 144 qualified and non-qualified Dublin-based professionals are being sought to meet the demand from tourists visiting the capital.

Last year Fáilte Ireland launched a new a new €700,000 national marketing campaign,Works for Me, aimed at attracting more people, across all ages and demographics, to jobs in the tourism industry.

However, last month a Fáilte Ireland spokesperson highlighted that recruitment and retention remains an ongoing challenge within the sector, which has been exacerbated by the Russian invasion on Ukraine.

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These comments were made at the Launch of Fáilte Ireland’s 2023 Plans, where ambitious business tourism targets were announced. These included an aim to generate €275million worth of new leads, to convert these leads into confirmed events worth €192million in future revenue and to support the delivery of confirmed events worth €210million in 2023.

The Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (AIPCO) highlighted its efforts to rebuild the business tourism sector with its professional staffing levels  down 44 per cent on pre-pandemic figures.

This statistic was announced at the group’s annual business tourism conference at Fota Island resort in Cork last Friday which was addressed by Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath.

Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath

Pre-Covid tourism accounted for 260,000 jobs in Ireland and in some counties provided as many as one in five jobs. 

AIPCO Chairperson, Nicola McGrane, said that the non-profit organisation has been fighting tooth and nail to keep the industry going over the last three years.

“I know that our members are putting a huge amount of resources into finding and investing in talent to build up teams so that we can continue to deliver with excellence and drive more international conferences into Ireland,” said Ms McGrane.

“Competitiveness is hugely important in a global marketplace, so the nine per cent vat rate is very welcome in positioning Ireland against our competition.”

Commenting on the decision to extend the lower rate of VAT for the hospitality industry for a further six months, Minister Michael McGrath said that it will provide additional support to businesses like AIPCO and the related enterprises their projects support.

“The business tourism sector is a really important part of the national economy and the government values their contribution very highly,” he added.

A review of AIPCO operations last year indicated that the number of conference professionals employed by members stood at approximately 130 last year, down significantly on the 2019 figure of 230.

Despite this, AIPCO delivered 147 conferences in 2022,  a 40 per cent increase on the 2019 figure.

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