Irish Hotels Federation

  • With the Summer season finished and schools reopen, hotels are now reporting a 70% drop in projected revenues for the month of September, compared to this time last year.

    A new survey by the Irish Hotels Federation shows bookings for September & October have plunged, with average room occupancy levels at 30% in the West, and just 24% nationally - compared to 86% for the same period last year.

    The hotels federation says additional stimulus measures are required to save the sector - such as reviewing the 6-person limit on indoor gatherings, extending the wage subsidy scheme, extending the rates waiver period for tourism businesses, and reducing tourism VAT to 9%.

    Mayo Chairman of the IHF, Westport hotelier Darren Madden says it was a busy Summer for hotels across Co Mayo, but there are significant challenges for the months ahead.

     

  • The Irish Hotels Federation is expecting this summer to be significantly busier than last year's.

    With less than two weeks to go until hotels reopen, a new survey shows 25 per cent of rooms across the country are already booked for June.

    45 per cent of rooms are booked in Galway, Mayo, Roscommon for July.

    IHF President Elaina Fitzgerald Kane says she is anticipating a very busy summer for domestic tourism...

  • Hospitality could begin to reopen in June under plans being considered by government.

    The Taoiseach told his party last night it's looking at the likes of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation.

    The plan, which is set to be announced tomorrow, is also expected to see hairdressers, museums and retail open next month.

    NPHET will issue its recommendations after it meets this morning, with the details set to be considered by the Cabinet Covid sub-committee this evening.

    The final sign-off will be done by the full Cabinet tomorrow.

    President of the Irish Hotels Federation, Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, says the prospect of a June return is welcome...

  • Hotels and guesthouses in the West of Ireland are reporting average booking levels of just 20% for July and 18% for August, according to the Irish Hotels Federation.

    The record low levels of pre-booking for what are usually the busy Summer months come amid uncertainty over when Covid-19 restrictions will be eased enough to allow most hotels and other hospitality businesses to reopen.

    The IHF is now calling for urgent clarity on how long businesses and employee supports will continue, and for a roadmap towards reopening the hospitality industry.

    Darren Madden of the Clew Bay Hotel in Westport is a local representative of the Irish Hotels Federation  - he says the most important issue for hoteliers is when they can reopen their  doors, and is calling for a clear roadmap from Government.

  • The increase in the VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality sectors from 9% to 13.5% is very disappointing, according to the Mayo branch of the Irish Hotels Federation.

    It's been described as a serious blow to the tourism industry, particularly in rural Ireland, as businesses outside of Dublin will be hardest hit.

    The 9% VAT rate was introduced in 2011, but is being raised now to pay for other social demands.

    Darren Madden, manager of the Clew Bay Hotel in Westport, is chairman of the Mayo branch of the Irish Hotels Federation and he's calling on the Finance Minister to delay the increase in VAT until after next Summer.