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Over 20,000 jobs supported by Cork's tourism industry

Over 22,500 jobs in Cork and almost 1000 tourism businesses, festivals and events are supported by the county's growing tourism industry.

This is according to research by Head of Visit Cork, which is now aiming to increasing tourism to the city by 8-10% per year going forward.

This was announced at their tourism Industry Day at Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island which was attended by more than 200 people working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Cork.

At the event, plans to promote Cork for leisure tourism (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork

Convention Bureau) to potential visitors from the UK, France, and the Netherlands, were unveiled.

This follows a highly successful campaign aimed at the United States from October 2019. That campaign - which was run in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and a US Tour Operator - has already filled 3,500 bed nights in hotels and bringing 1,200 people to some of Cork's best known attractions.

Summing up the value of tourism to the Cork economy, Seamus Heaney, Head of Visit Cork, said, “One in ten jobs are currently in the tourism and hospitality sector, and 22 cents from every euro that a tourist spends goes back into the exchequer." 

“Pure Cork is a hinge between the two main tourism propositions of Ireland’s Ancient East

and the Wild Atlantic Way, so we encourage all businesses to upload their listings to our

website so we can help to promote you nationally and internationally.”

For further information on Pure Cork see and for further information on

Cork Convention Bureau see

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