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Tourism in OECD Countries 2008

Trends and Policies

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Tourism in OECD Countries 2008 is the first edition of a biennial publication which analyses best practice in OECD and selected non member economies. It surveys a number of initiatives taken by governments and businesses in the tourism field. The report opens with an overview of the key issues and challenges in tourism policy. The second chapter reviews two important aspects of tourism policy in more detail: the impact of global value chains on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in tourism; and the role of services trade liberalisation in tourism development. The third chapter presents detailed profiles on organisation, budgets, policies, programmes and statistics in tourism for 32 countries.

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Ireland

In 2006, total foreign and domestic tourism revenue of EUR 6.09 billion generated an overall GNP impact of EUR 5.63 billion after applying multiplier effects (direct, indirect, induced and “Government interacting”). As a result total tourism revenue accounted for 3.7% of GNP. The estimated total number of people employed in the Irish tourism and hospitality industry in 2006 was 249 338 – an increase of 1.4% on the numbers employed in 2005. Of this number, almost 203 000 are year-round employees. Numbers employed in tourism related services in each year from 2004-06 are outlined in Table 3.49.

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