Business representative group Ibec has growing joined calls for a roadmap for the full reopening of the experience economy, claiming greater urgency is required.

The employers' group also said that the broader business community is disappointed that there continues to be no timeline for firms to safely return staff to the workplace.

In a statement the organisation called on the Government to intensify efforts to publish and commit to a safe reopening plan for the experience economy.

The organisation said the experience economy, encompasses hospitality, retail, travel, food, drink, tourism and entertainment, as well as aspects of the arts, cultural, sporting and heritage sectors.

"Government must urgently engage with stakeholders in the experience economy to detail a clear roadmap towards the safe reopening of the industry that reflects the risk reduction that the vaccine programme is delivering," said Sharon Higgins, Ibec’s Director of Membership and Sectors.

"The experience economy is crucial in making Ireland a great place to live, work and invest."

"Its stakeholders have borne the brunt of the devasting economic impact of Covid and the continued failure to provide clarity as to when vast portions of the industry can reopen only serves to add further pressure to an already struggling sector."

Ms Higgins added that many of those working in the sector have already missed out on opportunities that the peak holiday season may have provided them with.

"In the absence of any roadmap, at the very least commitments must be granted to extend financial supports to the sector, aligned with an enhancement in investment in the ongoing management of Covid with regards to antigen testing," she said.