Our hospitality sector keeps our towns and villages vibrant, and supports our tourism offer. Laois is home to 124 pubs, 9 hotel bar on licences, 2 fully licenced restaurants, and 17 wine only licensed restaurants.
Each of these are small businesses employing local people, injecting life and finance into the local economy.
It is of vital importance that we support these local industries.
Indeed, Failte Ireland’s latest research has found that the top-ranked item influencing overseas visitors to come to Ireland was the experience of the Irish pub – 4 in every 5 tourists stated it as a key factor in their selecting Ireland as a destination. The same research polled tourists as they left the country about their stay and “listening to Irish music in a pub” was the number one activity cited by visiting tourists.
The simple fact is this – tourists want to experience the Irish pub.
The number of overseas tourists visiting the East and Midlands in 2013 was 793,000 and overseas tourism expenditure was €291 million.
Government tax policy has imposed 28 cents on the average pint in 3 Budgets – of which excise increases have been the key driver.
This is putting our tourist offering at risk. While tourists love our pubs, Failte Ireland research found that the price of alcohol was one of the main reasons why tourists wouldn’t return – second only to the weather. If we want to encourage people to socialise in our pubs, restaurants and hotels, we must be make our offer compelling.
This is an industry that employs 92,000 people in every corner of Ireland, buys €1.1 billion worth of Irish inputs and offers a unique hospitality experience, renowned internationally, in the pubs of Ireland.
Excise is a tax on jobs, excise is a tax on tourism, excise is a tax on consumers. Support your local... cut excise, create jobs.
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