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ITAA Responds to Green List Changes following Cabinet Meeting

14th August 2020 - 12:30pm

Pat Dawson (ITAA CEO)

Pat Dawson (ITAA CEO)

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The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has responded to the decision made on Tuesday, 4th August, by the Cabinet to remove five countries from the green list, stating that while they welcome any government action which works to control the spread of the virus, removing the 5 countries from the Green list will not have a material effect on travel agents. The demand for international travel has significantly decreased due to low levels of consumer confidence as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and bookings to Malta and Cyprus were not significant.

 

Monaco, San Marino, Gibraltar, Malta and Cyprus were removed from the green list amid concerns surrounding the increase of cases of COVID-19. The Association believes that the addition or removal of countries to the list is immaterial, as many consumers are choosing not to travel abroad for the remainder of 2020, postponing their travel arrangements until next year.

 

The ITAA has suggested that although consumer confidence in international travel is expected to remain low for the rest of the year, there is evidence to suggest a large pent-up demand for travel in 2021 which could work to repair some of the damage suffered by the Irish travel industry as a result of the worldwide pandemic.

 

The Irish travel sector has been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; since March 2020 the industry is down by 98%. Domestic tourism accounts for 30% of the overall tourism spend in Ireland, meaning that the industry relies on overseas tourism for 70% of its revenue. There are currently 250,000 jobs at risk in the tourism sector, which is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry.


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