Three international tourism bodies has appealed for further clarity on the country's roadmap out of the Covid-19 pandemic and an extension of existing financial support.

The Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (AIPCO), the Irish Inbound Tour Operators Association (ITOA) and the Irish Golf Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) said their members are facing a second year with little or no business.

The 60 companies involved in the three bodies specialise in selling Ireland in the international marketplace for leisure, golf and business tourism.

Pre-Covid, these organisations brought an average of 765,000 international visitors to Ireland, employed over 1,000 people directly and supported tens of thousands of jobs within the tourism sector.

The estimated value of their combined business to the Irish economy is €650m.

But their business relies exclusively on inbound international visitors to Ireland and this sector has been one of the most adversely affected by Covid-19.

They said that while the anticipated resumption of international travel in the middle of July will hopefully generate some leisure visitors, this business will just be in the region of 10% of what would normally be expected.

"This means that over a full two year period, the associations collectively will have lost in the region of 90% of their normal business," the tourism bodies said.

AIPCO, ITOA and IGTO are asking for Supplementary funding from Fáilte Ireland, the extension of the Emergency Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) to the end of March next year and the continuation of the reduced rate of employers' PRSI relief.

They said these "critical supports" will ensure each of these companies can continue to trade and sell Destination Ireland in the international marketplace.

"The work which is being done now will result in substantial leisure, golf and business tourism to Ireland from 2022 and beyond. The future business generated will play a major part in the recovery of Irish tourism," they added.