Tourism & Hospitality


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.


  • communication
  • creativity
  • customer service
  • developing relationships
  • adaptability
  • languages
  • leadership
  • attention to detail
  • problem solving
  • project management
  • sales & marketing
  • teamwork
  • business acumen

Key Facts

  • 260k
    tourism supported jobs in Ireland
  • 10%
    of jobs in Ireland are in the Tourism sector
  • 50k
    new jobs being created in tourism and hospitality by 2025
  • 80%
    of tourism businesses are located outside Dublin
About This Sector

Labour Market & Jobs

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:

  • Fáilte Ireland, the national tourism development authority, announced investment of €150million for new visitor experiences and attractions across the country over the coming years. These will be focused on providing experiences which are cutting-edge and have technology at their core.
  • Business tourism in Ireland has grown significantly, with the sector expected to grow to €1bn by 2025.
  • There are now 18 Michelin Star restaurants in the Republic of Ireland, a higher number than ever before.
  • Food tourism is on the rise and the new ‘Taste the Island’ initiative launched last year to grow Ireland’s reputation as a world-class food destination.
  • The €233million Center Parcs holiday resort opened in Longford in 2019 – the largest private investment in the sector to date.
  • Commis Chef, Chef de Partie and Sous Chef Apprenticeship Programmes have been launched to help meet ballooning demand for qualified staff in the restaurant trade. There are significant job opportunities for all chef levels.
Current Jobs