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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 Interview Videos...

Lisa Berry - Restaurant Manager
Posted by McDonald's

Lisa Berry - Restaurant Manager

Kate Walsh - Beauty Therapist
Posted by Languages Connect

Kate Walsh - Beauty Therapist

Fiona Uyema - Chef
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Fiona Uyema - Chef

Ciara Roosli - Activities Instructer
Posted by Careers Portal

Ciara Roosli - Activities Instructer

College Course Videos...

Culinary Arts - Institute of Technology Tralee
Posted by Institute of Technology Tralee

Culinary Arts - Institute of Technology Tralee

School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology  - TU Dublin - Dublin City
Posted by TU Dublin - Dublin City

School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology - TU Dublin - Dublin City

Sales Executive at Croke Park - TU Dublin - Dublin City
Posted by TU Dublin - Dublin City

Sales Executive at Croke Park - TU Dublin - Dublin City

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