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Extending the Welcomes - Labour Policies to Sustain and Develop the Tourism Industry

Posted on May 24, 2010 at 05:03 PM

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Yesterday against the backdrop of the weekend's glorious weather, the Labour Party Spokesperson on Tourism, Mary Upton TD launched our comprehensive strategic policy document on tourism 'Extending the Welcome', which sets out the policy actions required to protect out tourists industry and make it ready for the 21st century

Also attending the launch was the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD.

Speaking at the launch Deputy Upton stated "I have been working on this document for a number of months. During this time I have consulted with a large number of party members and held a forum at the party conference in Galway. The word that kept coming back to me was just how important tourism was in certain areas. And the figures back this up.

"Almost 120,000 people employed, €1.2 billion in taxation in 2009 and 4% of GNP in 2008. Tourism, like every other industry has suffered from the global economic downturn. What the Labour Party has set out is a policy to address the major issues in tourism. These range from major issues like the air travel tax to the seemingly more mundane but equally important issue of signage.

"We have also specifically looked to the future by addressing issues such as mobile technology, developing a language policy for tourism and addressing the issue of visas particularly from Asian countries." You can read the statement Mary released about the policy document in our media centre.

Eamon Gilmore TD said: "Extending the Welcome is part of a broader Labour Party strategy to put jobs at the forefront of state policy. In the last 12 moths we have published polices for a Strategic Investment Bank to get credit flowing and the creation of a Jobs Fund and Strategy Just the Job. Extending the Welcome is part of our strategy to protect the jobs we have in Ireland. Tourism employs close to 120,000 people.

"Tourism is an indigenous economy. It is vital that we protect the sector and also to develop strategies to allow it to continue to thrive throughout the 21st century." You can read Eamon's statement also in our media centre.

The document is available to download from our ideas section on the website and we'd like to hear your thoughts on the document which you can do in the comments section below.

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