The Chairman of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation has said that as many as 200,000 jobs in the tourism sector are at risk due to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

Speaking on RTÉ's The Business programme, Maurice Pratt also said tourism last year was worth €9.4 billion to the Irish economy, with the estimate for this year falling to €2.4 billion.

This represents a reduction of close to 75%.

"That's eight million visitors who won't travel to Ireland this year," Mr Pratt said.