Tourism is one of Ireland’s most important and fast-growing industries. It is bigger than construction, agriculture and education. The number of people working in the tourism industry is at record highs with the sector now supporting 260,000 jobs across the country. Given significant growth in tourism in recent years, we’re expecting the job market in the sector to grow by 50,000 in the next five years. This means that there will be a diverse range of career opportunities available for people from all backgrounds.
The Tourism and Hospitality industry is of critical importance to the national economy, with tourists spending €7.5 billion in Ireland and supporting 260,000 jobs. The industry represents 1 in 10 jobs in Ireland, many of which are spread across the regions.
Tourism is one of Ireland’s fastest-growing industry and, with the country being at full-employment, the sector is calling out for skilled workers across the board. This includes everything from trained chefs at all levels, front-line and operational roles through to management positions and specialist skills such as business development, finance, digital media and marketing.
The strength of the sector is shown by many recent developments: