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Open the borders or risk losing €900m, tourism chiefs warn | Ireland

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Ireland could generate up to €1 billion in revenue and put an extra 50,000 people back to work in hospitality and tourism if it reopens the economy to overseas holidaymakers this summer, an expert group has told Catherine Martin, the tourism minister.

The government should begin planning for the resumption of open travel from Britain as early as July, and for fully vaccinated American tourists later in the summer, the Tourism Recovery Oversight Group has said. Martin will bring its report to cabinet this week.

The group, appointed by Martin and made up of state agency chiefs and tourism industry executives, said if Ireland did not reopen to inbound tourism by the third quarter, many businesses would continue to suffer low takings or have no

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