The UK is a very significant market for the Irish tourism industry with more than 3 million British tourists contributing almost €1 billion to the economy each year.
Brexit will have an impact on the sector – from the impact of currency fluctuations on individual tourist decisions, to impact on the supply chain for the hospitality sector. Though the final shape of Brexit is not yet clear, there are steps that tourism businesses can take to minimise any disruption.
In particular, Fáilte Ireland has developed a range of advisory and training supports as well as targeted marketing campaigns to help tourism businesses prepare for Brexit. The focus of Brexit Response Programme is to retain and build new business from the UK as well as to diversity into new markets. Please see Fáilte Ireland's Get Brexit Ready website for further detail on the range of tourism supports that are in place.
For information on how Brexit may affect a range of tourism related areas such as transport and mobile roaming costs, please see Travelling and Visiting.
If you source any of your products from the UK, or move them through the UK, you must consider the potential impacts on your Supply Chainand prepare for any new (customs arrangements] and the impact they will have on your business.
Sterling and euro volatility is a key concern for all tourism businesses. Brexit may also have an impact on your working capital needs. Guidance on managing currency risk and assessing working capital needs is available at the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation's Getting Brexit Ready website. You are also advised to contact your financial advisor, your accountant, or any professional bodies you are a member of, to see if they have additional advice for you.
For more general information on issues, such as banking or staffing, that may affect your business post-Brexit, and the steps that you can take, please see Brexit and Business. For information on the full range of supports to help businesses prepare for Brexit, please see Government Brexit Programmes, Funds & Supports.
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