hospitality sector

  • Consumers spent an estimated €183m in restaurants and pubs in the North West of Ireland last year, according to the AIB Hospitality and Tourism Outlook for 2019.

    According to the Outlook, consumers spent in the region of €96m in restaurants last year, while pubs took in about €87m.

    It is estimated that consumer spending in hotels in the North West was €424m in 2018.

    While domestic spend made up the majority of this figure, at 60%, United Kingdom spend comprised a significant 27%.

    August is the busiest month for restaurants and hotels in the North West, while July is the busiest month for pubs, according to the Outlook.

    At the launch of the Outlook report a cheque for €2,000 was presented to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation by AIB to support their on-going work with children and families in communities all over Ireland.

  • Crunch talks aimed at facilitating the swift return of indoor dining will take place this afternoon.

    Hospitality representatives will meet senior government officials to finalise a plan, following exploratory talks earlier this week.

    Among the measures to be raised are covid passes, which would allow vaccinated or recovered people access indoor dining.

    Any agreement reached at today's meeting will be presented to Cabinet for approval next week.

    Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association, Adrian Cummins, is hopeful a resolution can be found.


  • Details have been announced of a new €17 million scheme for hospitality businesses to develop outdoor dining capacity.

    Hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés can apply to Mayo County Council for grants of up to €4,000 towards outdoor tables and chairs, umbrellas and heaters.

    The scheme will open for applications on 12th April, and can cover expenses incurred since 1st April last year.

    In a second part of the scheme, local authorities such as Mayo County Council can apply for funding to develop permanent public dining spaces in specially-zoned streets in towns and cities, in preparation for welcoming back visitors when it's safe to do so.

    Each local authority can apply for up to €200,000, and again applications open on 12th April.

  • The hospitality & tourism sector has expressed disappointment that last night's Living with Covid announcement from the Taoiseach did not include a clear path to reopening for the hard-hit sector.

    There are currently around 150,000 people from the hospitality sector receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) which will now be extended until June 30th.

    Mayo North Tourism says there is a lot of worry and concern within the industry at the moment.

    Anne-Marie Flynn who is the manager of Mayo North Tourism says local businesses need more support from Government in order to protect the sector.

  • Ministers meet this evening to discuss how quickly the hospitality sector can open.

    There is speculation in political circles that outdoor pubs could open as early as the last week in May.

    Among the proposals to be considered by senior Ministers tonight is a move to allow pubs and restaurants to serve outdoor from the 24th of May.

    It would allow the likes of beer gardens and terraces to return in less than a month.

    But the proposal is far from certain, with some sources in government saying they expect it to be June before there's a return for the hospitality sector.

    It's already been signaled hotels and B&B's will be looked at for June.

    The inter-county travel ban should also be lifted that month.

    All this will be considered at the cabinet sub-committee tonight alongside the easing of restrictions for May - which will include the return of retail, barbers, hairdressers, beauticians, museums, libraries, commercial construction and outdoor sports training for adults.

  • No live or loud music will be allowed once indoor dining resumes, under new guidelines published by Failte Ireland.

    Customers must leave the restaurant or pub by 11.30PM  - and only six people will be permitted per table, with children under 12 exempt.

    A 105 minute time restriction will be in place per booking if there is one metre or less between tables.

    Food and beverage facilities indoors will initially only be available for residents of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs which can reopen from June 2nd.

    With less than two weeks to reopening the hospitality industry had been growing increasingly frustrated at the delays in issuing the guidelines as businesses need to prepare.

  • The restoration of the 13.5 percent VAT rate on hotels, restaurants and hairdressing was necessary in yesterday’s budget, according to the Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring.

     Minister ring says the reduction of the VAT rate to 9 percent for this sector was introduced in 2011 as an emergency measure, and he said it was sustained for 7 and a half years, but in light of the booming tourist numbers it has had to be restored.

    It was costing the exchequer over 2 billion euro and he insists that money is now required in education, social welfare and other areas.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News today why the 13.5 percent VAT rate has been restored across the hospitality sector.