reopening hotels

  • 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.