OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2014

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This report provides comparative knowledge, both policy and data, through thematic chapters and country-specific policy and statistical profiles. The report highlights key tourism policy developments, focuses on issues that rank high on the policy agenda in the field of tourism and provides a broad overview and interpretation of tourism trends in the OECD area and beyond. The 2014 edition focuses on tourism and growth, and covers 48 countries.

Tourism Trends and Policies is an international reference and benchmark on how effectively countries are supporting competitiveness, innovation and growth in tourism, and sheds light on policies and practices associated with this. It is published every two years.

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Tourism is an important driver of economic activity for Ireland. As well as being the longest-standing source of service export earnings, it also directly and indirectly supports employment across the country for a range of skill levels – often in areas where the scope to develop other export-focused sectors is constrained. The tourism and hospitality industry employed approximately 185 000 people in 2012, and generated over EUR 5 billion in revenues from home and abroad – equivalent to over 3% of GDP. Tourism also shapes Ireland’s image and attractiveness as a place to live, work and invest.

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