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Impact of Brexit on culture, arts, sports and tourism sectors examined at British Irish Chamber of Commerce Seminar

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Morning seminar discusses unique challenges facing these sectors and importance of remaining competitive and connected post-Brexit

Maintaining competitiveness and ensuring connectivity within the Culture, Arts, Sports and Tourism (CAST) sectors post-Brexit were the subjects for discussion by business and societal leaders at this morning’s seminar hosted by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce in association with Eversheds Sutherland in Dublin.
The seminar, entitled “Culture, Arts, Sports and Tourism: A Post-Brexit Vision to 2020”, outlined the key concerns and potential opportunities that will arise for the CAST sector as a consequence of Brexit both on an all-island and UK-to-Ireland basis. Although each sector is unique in its own right, all face the need to mitigate potential negative impacts, reinforce competitiveness and ensure opportunities arising from Brexit are won.
The seminar included two panel discussions on Competitiveness and Connectivity, each preceded by a short presentation setting the scene for the subsequent discussions.
Panel one commenced with a presentation by Shane Clarke of Tourism Ireland who gave an overview on the initial impact of the Brexit vote on the tourism sector and the steps that need to be undertaken to keep Irish tourism competitive. This was followed by an in-depth discussion on the common competitive challenges facing the CAST sector and a debate on Government actions to address these, including the reduced VAT rate and increased investment.
Panel two began with a presentation by Paul O’Kane of the Dublin Airport Authority on the level and importance of connectivity on an all-island basis and UK-to-Ireland basis. The discussion that followed detailed the importance of the UK remaining in the Common Aviation Area, a seamless border for the horse racing sector, and close collaboration between Irish and British performing arts sectors.
Speaking at the seminar, the Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce John McGrane said: “Today’s event hosted by the Chamber shines an important spotlight on the impact of Brexit on Ireland’s cultural, arts, sports and tourism heritage and offers constructive suggestions on how to remain competitive and connected throughout the coming two years and beyond. The presentations by Tourism Ireland and the Dublin Airport point clearly to the opportunities that lie within the CAST sector.”
Sean Ryan, Partner and Head of Eversheds Sutherland Brexit Unit, said “In common with all other sectors of the economy in Ireland, businesses and organisations that revolve around culture, the arts, sports and tourism will be especially challenged to rethink how they operate as the Brexit process unfolds.  Brexit will present unique competitiveness challenges for Ireland’s strong cultural, sporting and tourism offering, which is often marketed internationally on an all-island basis. Today has been an opportunity identify the barriers that may emerge post-Brexit and put in place strategies to harness the possibilities that will arise from the Brexit process.”

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