Terror threat to tourism sector - Promoting Ireland overseas

ON Monday next, Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe will launch Tourism Ireland’s 2016 marketing plans to promote the island of Ireland overseas.

Terror threat to tourism sector - Promoting Ireland overseas

They will look with hope and expectation to the future, based on a good year for Irish tourism and a steadying increase in visitors from Britain, Europe, and the US.

They will probably not engage in any meaningful discussions on the latest global terrorism threats, the downing of a Russian military plane by the Turkish air force or the security crackdown in France, Belgium and other parts of Europe as well as the US.

But, perhaps, they should. The Americans are beginning to panic about the latest terrorist threats.

The US has issued a worldwide travel alert warning its citizens of increased terrorist threats in the wake of the Paris attacks.

A photograph shown online and in newspapers shows real-life action figures of three police officers, two with sub-machineguns and one armed with a pistol and an attack dog outside the front door of the famous Macy’s department store in New York.

Even in the wake of 9-11, this is not what New Yorkers are used to in their everyday lives but it is the reality we are all facing on both sides of the Atlantic.

From Brussels to Boston, terrorism is here to stay.

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