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Cruise Liners: Hope of Return in Trade As Covid Rules Relax

24th January 2022
Hopes raised that with the easing of restrictions will see the return of cruise ships in Irish waters this season. Hopes raised that with the easing of restrictions will see the return of cruise ships in Irish waters this season. Credit: Independent.ie -twitter

Next month the Irish cruise liner trade is to see the easing of Covid-19 restrictions which will be critical to helping the €70m-a-year sector to recover for the 2022 season.

Almost 100 cruise liners are booked to visit Ireland over the coming season – with tourism officials saying 2022 will be of crucial importance for the hospitality and entertainment sectors given the horrific losses suffered from the pandemic over the last two years.

The cruise trade is Ireland’s highest per capita spending element of the tourism economy – but was devastated within weeks of Covid-19 erupting early in 2020.

Now, port officials are hopeful that with Covid-19 restrictions easing, Ireland’s high level of vaccination and predictions of a strong recovery in the tourism sector this summer, Ireland will win back valuable lost business.

Independent.ie has more to report. 

Published in Cruise Liners
Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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