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Hospitality, sport, leisure and tourism

Tourism and Hospitality are important aspects of Irish society and are highly involved in Ireland’s efforts to move past the difficult economic situation. The government launched a 10 year plan to create fifty thousand new jobs in the industry by 2025 to bring the total number of workers in the sector up to 250,000. Hospitality is a major part of tourism, accommodation, and food and beverage services that include resteraunts, bars, canteens and catering services.

Tourism revolves around the experiences people have and they activities they undertake when the travel. The industry includes business travel, holidays and visiting relatives. The companies involved can be government agencies, non-profit organisations or private business, small and large. Tourism serves people in a number of ways, with the goal to make sure everyone has the best possible experience.

Tourism is one of Ireland’s largest industries. The jobs in tourism encompass a wide range of roles, qualifications and skills, with opportunities available all across Ireland. The main areas of tourism are the Travel Trade, Travel Transport and Operation, Cultural Tourism, Adventure Tourism, Events and Conferences, and Tourism Services.

Career opportunities exist in the Tourism industry, both within the country and abroad, for young people at various levels from office administration to management roles, many of which involve extensive outdoor activities. Work in the industry can involve travel or being away from home for long periods of time. Some jobs are seasonal and offer the flexibility to work within different areas of the tourism industry.

There are over sixteen thousand enterprises in the Accommodation and Food Services area of the Hospitality sector. This includes hotels, restaurants, bars, canteens and catering. Employment in the area was about 150,000 in 2014.

At huge part of Hospitality is the Hotel Sector, which employs around 50,000 people in over 800 hotels across the country. Hotels expanded rapidly in recent years, but during the economic downturn many began to lose money and the Bed and Breakfast industry in particular suffered greatly.

Hotel occupancy has recovered greatly, with recent reports stating that more people are staying in hotels that ever, even more so than the boom years. This has been helped by the growth of business tourism from the Dublin Convention Centre and a number of events in the O2 and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre since the beginning of the recession.

Hotels employ people for a huge amount of different roles and as such the career opportunities for those interested in the hotel sector vary greatly. Some of the jobs involved include Receptionists, Event Managers, Reservation Mangers, and Security Managers, among others. These jobs can also be found in B&Bs, Guesthouse, Hostels, and Campsites. There are also jobs in managerial roles to keep the business side of the industry afloat.

Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre

Kilfinane OEC is a Public Outdoor Education Centre administered by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. We provide quality Outdoor Education Courses for School, Youth & Adult Groups.

Our courses, which are delivered by highly qualified Instructors, use the Outdoors and Adventure experiences as a medium for personal development. Our programmes introduce participants to a range of Adventure Sports and challenging situations and help them to develop skills such as responsibility, teamwork and trust.

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Climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, fly down one of our many ziplines.  With 5 circuits ranging from 1-20 metres high, Zipit offers up to 4 hours of fun for all ages and abilities – from beginners to adrenaline junkies.  Come as a family, come on your own, or bring along a group.  Zipit is the perfect activity for hens, stags, youth groups, corporate days out and school tours.

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