Hoteliers Welcome Recommendation to Extend 9% Vat to 2025



Hoteliers Welcome Recommendation to Extend 9% Vat to 2025
Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media publish report and recommendations



/sites/default/files/upload/ihi_htp_day.pdfThe Irish Hotels Federation, which represents hotel and guesthouse owners across the country, has expressed its disappointment at the Government’s announcement today that the reopening of indoor dining is being delayed. IHF President, Elaina Fitgerald Kane said the news was a crushing blow to businesses in the hospitality sector and the thousands of people who had been looking forward to returning to work next week.

IHF Skillnet launched to deliver new upskilling for Irish Hotels and Guesthouses


The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) and Skillnet Ireland, the national agency responsible for the competitiveness, productivity, and innovation of Irish businesses through enterprise-led workforce development, has today launched a new Irish Hotels Federation Skillnet to address business and skills challenges in the industry.

Hotels Facing €60 million in reopening costs


Ireland’s hotel and guesthouse sector is facing reopening costs of almost €60 million as businesses across the country prepare to reopen to guests from Wednesday, 2nd June. A recent Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) industry survey suggests that it will cost businesses approximately €964 per bedroom to reopen – equivalent to over €72,000 for an average 75-bedroom hotel. The IHF is calling for an increase in reopening grants to reflect actual costs.

Hoteliers Welcome Further Easing of Restrictions


Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has welcomed the Taoiseach’s announcement today that indoor dining for non-residents will be reopening as well as international travel for non-essential reasons resuming from 19th July along with the easing of restrictions on guest numbers for weddings. Commenting on the Government’s plan to reopen society and the economy, IHF President Elaina Fitzgerald Kane said: “Today hotels and guesthouses across the country have been given much-needed clarity that will help their business planning for the peak tourism season. This is another important step in the right direction for the tourism and hospitality industry. However, we still have a long road ahead of us,” she said.



The Irish Hotels Federation has welcomed the publication today by Failte Ireland of detailed operational guidelines for hotels and guesthouses. Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, President of the IHF said that the guidelines, which cover operations and facilities, should provide reassurance for guests that they can look forward to an enjoyable, relaxing and safe stay in an Irish hotel or guesthouse from next week. She said excluding children under 12 from the capacity limits for tables dining outdoors was particularly welcome and will be good news for families.

Bookings Boost for Hotels and Guesthouses


Hotel and guesthouse owners are welcoming the increase in bookings that has followed the Government’s recent announcement that hotels will reopen on 2nd June. The latest industry survey* from the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) shows booking levels nationally now average 31% for July and 27% for August – the key summer months. This compares to levels of 23% and 21% respectively just ahead of the announcement.



The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has welcomed the Taoiseach’s announcement today that hotels and guesthouses can reopen on 2nd June. Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, IHF President said the news was a much-needed confidence builder for guests and businesses alike.

Summer Bookings - hotels begin slow recovery according to latest IHF survey


The latest industry survey* from the Irish Hotels Federation shows early signs that hotels in certain parts of the country are beginning to see an uplift in bookings for July and August. This follows the Government’s recent announcement that it will look at the reopening of hotels and guesthouses in June. With booking levels averaging 23% for July and 21% for August - the key summer months - IHF Chief Executive, Tim Fenn, is encouraging people to plan their holidays and breaks early while there is plenty of choice and availability around.


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