reopening hotels

  • 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.