Increased Tourism Leading to Jobs Growth – Prendergast

Labour MEP for Ireland South Phil Prendergast has described new figures
showing growth in tourism and related jobs as very encouraging.

The Central Statistic Office (CSO) quarterly figures for December 2011 –
February 2012 show tourism growth of 2.7 per cent compared to the same
period last year.

Ms Prendergast said: “These figures are very encouraging. Nearly 1.15
million people visited Ireland over the three-month period around
Christmas and 10,000 more people are working in tourism compared to last

“This shows the Government Jobs Initiative launched last May is working.
This brought in a 4.5 per cent VAT cut for tourism services and halved
employers’ PRSI for those on lower wage rates, many of whom are in the
hospitality sector.

“We’ve had the first year of tourism growth since 2007 with over 6.5
million people coming to our shores – an increase of 7.8% on 2010.

“This is crucially important to the Munster economy. We’ve been creating
jobs in the medical and computer sector, agriculture is growing strongly
and now tourism – which is very much our bread and butter – is on the rise

“The announcement of new routes at Waterford Airport serving London,
Manchester and Birmingham is another harbinger of better times ahead.

“Since the Government took office, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has been leading
the work to restore Ireland’s reputation abroad. The latest tourism
figures are a further sign that it’s paying off.”

Contact: Phil Prendergast 086 8555472

The Office of Phil Prendergast MEP, Ireland South
Ireland – Phone: 052 6124380 Fax: 052 6170883
Brussels – Phone: + 32 228 45537/47537 Fax: +32 22849537
Twitter: @prendergastMEP

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