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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.

Skills

    sales & marketing, communication, languages, teamwork, leadership, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, physical activity, customer service, social media, event organisation, developing relationships, flexibility, managing people,

Key Facts

5
billion of total gross value added in the Irish Economy 2017-18
11%
growth in overseas holiday visitors to Ireland between 2017 and 2018
10.6
million arrivals from overseas in 2018

Labour Market Information

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

  • There are now 16 Michelin Star restaurants in Ireland, a higher number than ever before.
  • Later this year the 233 million Center Parcs holiday resort will open in Longford.
  • Commis Chef and Chef de Partie Apprenticeship Programmes have been developed to help meet ballooning demand for qualified staff in the restaurant trade. there continues to be a shortage of Executive chefs, Head chefs, Sous chefs and Chefs de partie.

Career Videos...

 
Shauna - Shift Manager
Posted by McDonald's

Shauna - Shift Manager

 
Elaine Steiro - Franchisee
Posted by McDonald's

Elaine Steiro - Franchisee

 
Niall Gibbons - CEO Tourism Ireland
Posted by Languages Connect

Niall Gibbons - CEO Tourism Ireland

 
Richard Storey - Shift Manager
Posted by McDonald's

Richard Storey - Shift Manager

Career Interviews

Michelle Ryan, Corporate Sales Manager

I have a passion for hotels and the industry so I think that this also reflects in my work and in my attitude

Yvonne Brady, HR Manager

...best thing about a career in hospitality. It offers the flexibility to change your job several times, while remaining in the same exciting industry

College Course Videos...

 
Hospitality Tourism and Leisure - TU Dublin - Dublin City
Posted by TU Dublin - Dublin City

Hospitality Tourism and Leisure - TU Dublin - Dublin City

 
Culinary Arts DT407 - TU Dublin - Dublin City
Posted by TU Dublin - Dublin City

Culinary Arts DT407 - TU Dublin - Dublin City

 
Hospitality Management DT408 - TU Dublin - Dublin City
Posted by TU Dublin - Dublin City

Hospitality Management DT408 - TU Dublin - Dublin City