There has been a lot of navel gazing in recent months about the fact that the tourism market has collapsed.
There have been programmes on television and articles in newspapers and they try and analyse the reason for this. They mainly waffle on about the high cost of everything here which is a fair argument.
I have a very simple solution, that will be guaranteed to not only create a boom in tourism, but will revitalise a lot of businesses here as well. What is more, it will cost absolutely nothing. It won’t require a single cent of investment.
Repeal the smoking ban.
Just think about it for a moment.
What is wrong with this suggestion? If businesses don’t like the return of smoking, there is nothing to stop them retaining the ban in their own premises. If non-smokers don’t like the return of the smoky pub, they can carry on patronising the pubs that retain the ban [if any! Hah!].
What would be the benefits?
Well, just look at the UK for a start. At a conservative estimate, 25% of the population of 65 million smoke. That’s around 16 million people who need holidays like the rest of us. I can absolutely guarantee that a large portion of these would be more than delighted to come over here, simply because there is nowhere else for them to go. Speaking for myself, when the ban came in here, I started to holiday in the North. When the ban came in there, I started to holiday in France. It’s not that I am desperate to smoke in pubs, but rather to holiday in a place that doesn’t treat me as an inferior form of low-life.
Is there any drawback to this suggestion? Is there is a single reason why it shouldn’t work?
Ireland would become a Mecca for holidaymakers, and a beacon of light in the fight against the Nanny State.
Apart from anything else, I’m running out of targets.