Culture, Arts, Sports and Tourism Committee (CAST)

The objectives of the Culture, Arts, Sports and Tourism (CAST) Committee are to advance, support and promote the Culture, Arts, Sports and Tourism sectors, for the mutual benefit of enterprises located in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain in furtherance of our goals as follows:

  1. In the light of the ‘leave’ vote following on from the UK Referendum on EU Membership, to identify the key policy issues that are impacting and will continue to impact on the sector.
  2. To engage with the Chambers key stakeholders across the two islands from relevant agencies and government departments, regulators, consumers and industry at large, to advance the views of our committee members in influencing policy, improving markets and supply chains and assisting our members grow their business base.
  3. To improve the Chamber’s capacity to engage with the CAST sectors.
  4. To advise the Chamber on the formulation of policy at an Irish, British and EU level.

Vision:

The CAST Committee’s vision is to:
• Be the voice of the British and Irish CAST sectors focusing on matters with a key British Irish dimension, advocating on pivotal issues affecting the sector between the jurisdictions;
• Be the sector’s preferred member organisation for British Irish business networking, providing relevant initiatives, events and opportunities, to learn, engage with peers and develop future business.

The Chair of this Committee is Garry Kelleher, Tourism Ireland.

Committee Members:

  1. Oonagh Desire, Abbey Theatre
  2. Jane Kelly, Big Mountain Productions (SME Nominee)
  3. Sarah McGinn, daa
  4. Harald Klement, Intercontinental Dublin
  5. Cormac Downes, Irish Rail
  6. Rob Hartnett, Sports for Business 
  7. Susan Ahern
  8. Alan Smullen, The Doyle Collection
  9. Rosita Wolfe, The National Concert Hall
  10. Ailis Calahan, The Marker Hotel
  11. Garry Kelleher, Tourism Ireland

 

6th October 2017: In the last in its series of policy papers published today, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce has urged the Irish Government to use every policy lever available to support the culture, arts, sports and tourism (CAST) sectors through Brexit uncertainty and enable them to succeed into the future.

Developed by cross-sectoral experts from the Chamber’s CAST Committee, the policy proposals contained in the paper focus on the need to enhance competitiveness, support Ireland’s connectivity to the rest of the world and incentivise the culture, arts, sports and tourism sectors to work more closely together to harness opportunities.

In the context of Budget 2018, the policy paper recommends the Government:

  • Support the expansion of Dublin Airport;
  • Fast-track the development of Metro North;
  • Permanently instate the 9% VAT rate;
  • Abolish the Air Travel Tax;
  • Allocate an additional €12m for tourism marketing;
  • Establish a seed fund of €2m to incentivise cross-sectoral partnerships;
  • Restore the Irish Film Boards budget to €20m;
  • Support the creation of the Dublin City Centre film studio.

Ireland’s CAST offering is particularly exposed to Brexit given the UK is the most important market for overseas tourism to Ireland, with 3.6 million British tourists visiting Ireland in 2016. The weakening in the value of sterling against the euro has already resulted in a 6.4% decline in British visitor numbers in the first half of 2017. The combined financial impact on Irish tourism is projected to reach €100m this year.

To read the full Press Release click here.

To read the Policy Paper click here.

To read Irish Times commentary on the Policy Paper click here

To read about our CAST event held on 29 June 2017, please click here.

To find out more about the Culture, Arts, Sports and Tourism committee, please contact paul.lynam@britishirishchamber.com