Government Restores Economic Support for Hospitality Industry

Hotel and guesthouse owners have welcomed the additional business and employment supports announced today by the Government, including the reintroduction of enhanced CRSS business payments and the extension of the EWSS employment supports to businesses that do not currently qualify.

Irish Hotels Federation Says Latest Measures will Help to Safeguard Livelihoods in Tourism Sector

President of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), Elaina Fitzgerald Kane thanked the Government for their recognition of the severity of the challenges now facing our sector due to ongoing restrictions, saying the supports announced will be crucial for businesses throughout the country as they face into an uncertain 2022.

“These existential supports are vital for our members and will help to safeguard livelihoods during the tough months ahead. Tourism is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, accounting for one in ten of all jobs, 70% of which are outside of Dublin. These jobs matter – not only to the people working within the industry but to the wider economy, especially in many parts of regional Ireland where tourism is the only show in town. Normally December trade sustains the very challenging off-peak months at the start of the new year, but we have seen this wiped out.”

“Public health remains our number one priority, and we acknowledge the difficult balance that the Government has once again had to achieve. We look forward to working with them to clarify the detail in relation to these proposals. Our goal is to ensure no business is left behind, and today’s announcement was an important step towards this in the short-term.” she added.

President of the IHF, Elaina Fitzgerald Kane
Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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