With the country having reopened just under 6 months ago from the dreaded lockdowns, Ireland is now starting to see a nice boost in the economy. Thankfully reports are saying that this boost is considerably more than what was expected to happen. Tourism is July/August was up a huge amount as people were so eager to go somewhere different that they paid over the odds to head down to the West of Ireland.
Retail generally is also on the rise after a few big name brands shut down last year due to being stuck in lengthy leases on expensive high streets. Smaller companies seem to have taken a big hit also but having talked to online retailers they are going quite well. The work boots Ireland company who sell work and safety boots have reported an uplift in sales since May even though traditional brick and mortar stores have reopened.
E-commerce is seeing a slight decline due to the brick and mortar stores reopening. This is to be expected however after having to expand during lock down, some of these companies may need to let go of staff if things continue to stagnate. E-commerce saw a huge rise last year for obvious reasons but it does seem that people are going back to their old ways of shopping sooner than expected.
The goods news is however that tourism is increasing and Dublin airport numbers are going back up even though they are still a long way off of levels from 2019. Again this is to be expected so it is no huge surprise but encouraging signs are there. The USA & Canada have now reopened their borders so hopefully that will encourage visitors from those countries to begin traveling again but we will only really know this come 2022 unless a dreaded 4th lock down happens. Let us hope that this will not be the case!
With Ireland looking like it is at the start of its second wave just as the weather has turned for the first time to wintery conditions, the next few months look grim for Irish people and also Irish hotels and the tourism sector as a whole. Although Failte Ireland were encouraging people to do staycations this year it may not be enough to get the hotels through a tough winter as many people will choose to not holiday in Ireland in winter for obvious reasons (the weather).
With the borders closed to many countries things are looking very bleak indeed. Dublin has also gone back into a form of lock down and people living there have been told not to leave the county. This also of course has knock on affects as many of those people would have had weekends away planned and paid for.
There is light at the end of the tunnel however with the EU suggesting an EU wide travel map that will allow people to freely move once again through the EU. Countries that are particularly bad with Covid will still have restrictions on them however but it is certainly a move in the right direction.
We do not have the figures on EU citizens holidaying in Ireland in winter but at a guess it would not be a significant amount of people. In saying that any help is welcome! Without being too depressing in this post we just really hope for the best for the hotels this winter.
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Just like electric scooters have become hugely popular in tech hubs around the world such as San Fran, San Diego and even Houston Texas they are going to make a big boom in Europe’s fastest growing tech city…Dublin! Dublin, Ireland has seen a huge influx of tech companies in the last ten years including companies like Facebook, Ebay and even Google have their European headquarters in Dublin.
The area known as Grand Canal Dock has been the favoured point for these companies. It is close to the city, an up and coming area and it is not too far from the airport where people can use the underground tunnel to cut their journey in half.
Because of the sheer amount of working professionals particularly in the tech industry it is also become the starting point for electric scooter companies. There are now companies that sell the electric scooter such as https://www.escooterstore.ie/ and then there are also electric scooter rental companies also who are planning to set up in Ireland like they have in other cities in Europe.
This area lends itself greatly to electric scooters as it has huge traffic problems due to the sheer amount of tech companies in such a small space. There is also only a single lane going into the city in this area so it is by no means built for the tech boom that it became the home of in the last ten years.
You will soon by able to rent these electric scooters and tour around Dublin much more easily than having to get the hop on and hop off bus. These scooters will also have built in audio devices so you can still get the history of the city through the scooter but just doing it in a much more fun way. Here is toping they are brought in just in time for the summer!