Britons have been forced to put their holiday plans on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic as of late, which has seen many budding travellers plan holidays closer to home. But if Britons were hoping to take a trip to the Emerald Isle for a summer holiday, they may be left disappointed. One expert revealed to The Independent that it may not be until the Autumn “before we see the recovery story happening for tourism in Ireland this year”.
The chief executive of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons told The Independent’s Simon Calder: “Safety is paramount and in that context the 14-day quarantine will be continuously evaluated.
“The biggest disappointment would be if we had a recurrence, a reinfection during the recovery period.
“That would be a big blow to confidence.
“So I think it’s a very measured road map: it really gives people the confidence that we’re rebuilding slowly but surely and getting tourism back.
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“Between July and August we’ll see a restoration of local, regional and some national business, and perhaps the start of some international services.”
Mr Gibbons did reveal that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for Britons hoping to return to Ireland.
He continued: “I think Great Britain will probably be the quickest to return for us.
“As soon as the road map was published, businesses started seeing an increase in bookings for the latter part of 2020 and into 2021, which is very encouraging.”