Dublin Chamber of Commerce have called for a complete review and overhaul of Ireland’s licencing legislation to ensure that the Garth Brooks five concert cancellation fiasco is never repeated.
Dublin Chamber CEO Gina Quin told of their “extreme disappointment” at the cancellation of the concerts and cautioned that the fiasco could have a lasting detrimental impact on vitally important event tourism.
Dublin Chamber estimates that the five concerts would been worth in excess of €50m to the Irish economy.
Ms Quin said: “This revenue has now been lost and the worry is that the Garth Brooks debacle, which has created headlines around the world, will hinder Ireland’s ability to attract large concerts and events in the future.
“Events are now a key driver of tourism and this threatens to damage our international reputation.”
She added: “Similar to exports, large sporting events and concert tourism have the capacity to generate much-needed growth for the economy. “Our reputation as a country that is able to stage world class events has been severely jeopardised.
“At a time when Ireland is bidding to host the Rugby World Cup and European Championship 2020 matches, this is particularly concerning.”
Dublin Chamber is the largest chamber of commerce in Ireland with over 1,300 member companies.