Gloom envelops hospitality and tourism sector at the end of 2021

Sectors plunged back into uncertainty by the restrictions caused by Omicron variant

Outdoor dining became a familiar sight in Dublin city centre during the ongoing Covid crisis.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Outdoor dining became a familiar sight in Dublin city centre during the ongoing Covid crisis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Irish tourism and hospitality sectors came full circle in 2021. A mid-winter and spring of despair was spawned by lockdown at the beginning of the year, followed by a renewed sense of verve throughout summer and late autumn.

But as winter returned towards the end of 2021, the rise of the vaccine-dodging Omicron virus variant has brought with it the familiar spectre of hard restrictions. Hospitality and tourism have been plunged back into uncertainty.

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