IHF Says Earlier Reopening Of Hotels Is 'Excellent News'

By Dave Simpson
IHF Says Earlier Reopening Of Hotels Is 'Excellent News'

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has welcomed the announcement that hotels can reopen earlier than originally planned.

"Excellent News"

IHF president Elaina Fitzgerald Kane stated, "The earlier reopening of hotels is excellent news and a welcome boost for the tourism community across the country, as well as for people of all ages who are looking for a well-deserved holiday after lockdown. Hotels have already begun to adapt their services and facilities in anticipation of reopening under COVID-19 guidelines as they prepare to reopen and welcome guests from the end of June.

"The health and safety of employees and guests will always be our main priority. We have been working closely with Fáilte Ireland on the development of agreed operational standards that cover all aspects of a hotel's operations and facilities. We are seeing great examples of creativity, innovativeness and flexibility in terms of how hotels and guesthouses are using their property's spaces as well as rethinking services, restaurant and leisure facilities so that guests can relax and enjoy their break, secure in the knowledge that they are staying in a safe environment."

Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme Extension

Fitzgerald Kane added, "We also welcome the announcement that the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme will be extended until the end of August. This is a significant development as it will help tourism businesses including hotels to keep their teams together and supported financially during the restart phase."

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