Tourism is a big part of the Irish economy. Work in tourism is often seasonal, during the warm spring and summer months when most tourists visit Ireland. But the strength of Ireland’s tourism appeal is so great that in many areas there are roles available right around the year. Tourism supports many other sectors too, providing opportunities for businesses involved in sales, transport, restaurants and leisure.
Approximately 177,000 persons were employed in Tourism and Hospitality at the midpoint of 2018, representing 8.0% of the national workforce. The accommodation and food services sector, who's fortunes are tightly linked to Tourism and Hospitality, has experienced significant growth in recent years.
There is a lot of movement between jobs in the sector, shown by figures from the 2018 SOLAS Vacancy Overview finding that 66,000 of those employed in the sector were recent hires. The strongest rate of employment growth in the sector was observed for waiters & waitresses (9.2%) during the last 5 years, with chefs and catering assistents seeing strong demand too.
The strength of the sector is shown by many developments and accomplishments, including
Tourism is about the experiences people have and the activities they participate in when they travel.
Accommodation is a huge part of the Tourism industry, hotels and hostels employ a wide range of staff, including cleaners, receptionists, management, chefs, porters and many more.
In many corners of Ireland the number of jobs created by tourism rises and falls with the changing of the seasons.
Ireland's vibrant cultural and business life means there are many events and conferences occurring nationwide that attract travellers for business and fun.
Festivals both big and small attract many visitors and encourage internal tourism, creating knock-on employment.