Drinks suppliers call for wider reopening of hospitality sector on Friday

October 18, 2021

Patricia Callan, Director of Drinks Ireland said:

“Hospitality venues have been sorely missed, and after a year and a half of opening and closing, have been busy welcoming customers back safely, facilitating the craic and connections they’re renowned for.

The hospitality sector and wider Experience Economy is gearing up for a wider reopening on Friday, and as key suppliers we believe this should be facilitated, given the huge success of Ireland’s vaccination programme.

We’re all well aware of the economic importance of the hospitality sector and wider Experience Economy, supporting jobs, local economies and tourism. But they’re also vital for the social and mental wellbeing of many, bringing vibrancy to towns and villages across the country.

A new global survey from YouGov, conducted between May and August 2021, found that 66% of adults polled agreed the social and mental wellbeing of the general population has been negatively impacted as a direct result of the closure of hospitality venues. Since lockdowns, 57% of adults have a better appreciation for the contribution the hospitality sector brings to their own social and mental wellbeing.”


The global YouGov research conducted on behalf of International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) can be found here.

Media contact- Colin Taylor, Q4PR, 0864671748