Tom Enright, CEO Wexford County Council, is one of fourteen people appointed to a special Tourism Recovery Taskforce, announced by Minister for Transport, Tourism, and Sport Shane Ross.
They have been tasked with preparing a Tourism Recovery Plan for submission to the Minister. They will set out recommendations on how the sector can adapt and recover in the changing tourism environment as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
Minister Ross said,
“Tourism is our country’s largest indigenous employer and central to the economic and social health of the nation. The tourism sector has been near decimated by the current crisis. The vast majority of people working in this sector have either been laid off or are availing of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme. There is a real risk that our communities, towns, and cities will not recover from this devastating loss of income, employment, and business. This cannot be allowed to happen.”
“In order to ensure that the tourism sector can emerge from this pandemic ready for business, we need to plan early, plan well, and plan together. To this end, I am pleased to announce the formation of a dedicated Tourism Recovery Taskforce, made up of leaders from varying sections of the industry, who will work together to deal with the many challenges ahead in a dynamic and innovative manner. They will be chaired by Ruth Andrews [CEO of ITOA Ireland, Chair of ITIC, and Special Advisor to AVEA] and have agreed to lend their services voluntarily in order to support the industry at this critical time. I hope that the Taskforce will do its work quickly and efficiently and be in a position to report back to Government by the end of the summer.”
The Taskforce will engage with stakeholders in the tourism sector through a series of meetings and written submissions.