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October Industry Newsletter - Update from Fáilte Ireland CEO, Paul Kelly

The easing of restrictions in recent weeks has resulted in a tangible return for events which are an important tourism offering for Ireland. 

At the end of September, we hosted our first in-person business tourism conference. Business tourism is an important sector for Irish tourism and prior to Covid-19 was one of the fastest growing segments in our sector. 

Festivals and events have also started to take place again and play a key role in delivering brilliant visitor experiences right across the country, providing a unique reason for visitors to choose a destination. Increasing footfall for local businesses, these events support jobs and revenue generation. Fáilte Ireland is supporting a number of festivals across the country this month from the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (22 - 25 Oct) to the Wexford Festival Opera (19 - 31 Oct). Púca Festival returns to Meath and Louth this year to celebrate the origins of Halloween in Irish and Celtic traditions and plans are also underway for this year’s NYF Dublin, with details to be announced shortly. 

Fáilte Ireland’s priority is to continue to drive as much demand for tourism businesses across the country as possible. With the announcement of Budget 2022 approaching, we will continue to work closely with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Government to make the best case for tourism supports. 

Please read our October newsletter for our latest news and current business supports.   

Paul Kelly

CEO, Fáilte Ireland

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