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  • Budget 2015 Overviews | Irish Hotels Federation
    28 02 2016 All day to 01 03 2016 All day log in to view Tweets by IHFcomms Where are you going Check in Check out Want to feature your Hotel on our site Click HERE Budget 2015 Overviews Back 15 10 2014 Please find below links to Budget 2015 Overviews PwC Budget 2015 Analysis Crowe Horwath Budget 2015 Highlights IBEC Budget 2015 Post Analysis Back How to Join About

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/budget-2015-overviews (2016-02-07)
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  • HOTELIERS WELCOME RETENTION OF 9% TOURISM VAT RATE | Irish Hotels Federation
    one of the most successful job creation initiatives in modern times supporting the creation of more than 33 000 new jobs since it was introduced in 2011 Today s budget is very positive for the many thousands of tourism businesses throughout the country and is an important recognition of the potential of Irish tourism to continue delivering much needed jobs growth says Mr McNally Thanks to a number of pro tourism initiatives the industry is on course to create a further 40 000 jobs by the end of the decade says Mr McNally The 9 VAT rate in particular is of enormous importance to the industry helping to level the playing field for tourism businesses when competing with international destinations for visitors This will continue to have benefits for the local economy particularly in rural regions According to recent industry research carried by the IHF the overwhelming majority 98 of hotels and guesthouses say the 9 tourism VAT rate is having a positive impact on their business enabling almost three quarters 73 to hire additional new staff over the past 12 months alone Tourism as a whole now supports some 200 000 jobs equivalent to one in every nine jobs in the country Mr McNally welcomed the Government s commitment to capital investment in projects such as the Dubline Heritage Trail the Kilkenny Medieval Mile and Killarney House He also welcomed the commitment to progress work on the Wild Atlantic Way the new South and East branding proposition and the Grow Dublin Alliance initiatives which will give holidaymakers new and compelling reasons to visit Ireland Mr McNally acknowledged the important support provided by Ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin and by tourism Ministers Paschal Donohoe and Michael Ring in ensuring tourism remains at the heart of the Government s economic

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  • HOTELIERS REJECT SIPTU CLAIMS REGARDING 9% TOURISM VAT RATE | Irish Hotels Federation
    results and benefits on the ground with almost three quarters of hotels and guesthouses hiring additional new staff in the last year alone For SIPTU to now call for its withdrawal is nothing short of reckless given the number of livelihoods that depend on Irish tourism It s time for SIPTU to act responsibly and stop jeopardising jobs Mr McNally states that with wages accounting for 42 of turnover in hotels one of the highest levels in Europe the benefits of the tourism VAT rate have been felt directly by hotel employees in the sector who are among best paid and most protected in Western Europe He notes that growth in employment has been achieved by keeping prices low and passing the VAT reduction on to customers over the last three years as shown by recent Failte Ireland research link enabling tourism businesses to operate in a highly competitive international market Annually the initiative results in an Exchequer gain of 165 million in social welfare savings and additional income tax As a whole the tourism industry now supports approximately 200 000 jobs equivalent to 11 of total employment in the country Despite operating in a highly competitive global market Irish tourism has started to turn the corner following years of poor performance This is largely due to pro tourism Government policies which if continued will help the industry achieve its full potential and create a further 40 000 jobs by the end of the decade This will deliver enormous benefits to the Irish economy says Mr McNally Tourism currently accounts for 4 of GNP and tourism revenues of in excess of 6 billion the significant majority of which comes from overseas revenue Commenting on the JLC systems Mr McNally states that while the tourism VAT rate supports employment growth the

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-reject-siptu-claims-regarding-9-tourism-vat-rate (2016-02-07)
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  • EUROS 2020 - A MAJOR COUP FOR IRISH TOURISM | Irish Hotels Federation
    Want to feature your Hotel on our site Click HERE EUROS 2020 A MAJOR COUP FOR IRISH TOURISM Back 19 09 2014 EUROS 2020 A MAJOR COUP FOR IRISH TOURISM Dublin Looks Forward to Welcoming Tens of Thousands of EURO 2020 Fans Says IHF The Irish Hotels Federation IHF welcomes the decision by UEFA today that Dublin is to play host to four games in Euro 2020 stating it is a major coup for Ireland and the country s tourism industry The IHF states that the games will attract tens of thousands of overseas visitors to the capital providing a substantial economic boost for local businesses including hotels and guesthouses Stephen McNally President of the IHF says that tourism businesses look forward to helping the tournament celebrate its 60th anniversary by creating a truly memorable and welcoming party atmosphere for all those who visit Ireland during the games This is a fantastic endorsement of Ireland s ability to host major sporting events says Mr McNally As the third biggest sporting event in the World the championship attracts phenomenal interest among fans and spectators as well as extensive media coverage providing Ireland with a great opportunity to shine on the world

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/euros-2020-major-coup-irish-tourism (2016-02-07)
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  • Hoteliers Welcome Continued Growth in Overseas Visitors | Irish Hotels Federation
    Click HERE Hoteliers Welcome Continued Growth in Overseas Visitors Back 27 08 2014 HOTELIERS WELCOME CONTINUED GROWTH IN OVERSEAS VISITORS Figures demonstrate continued momentum for tourism in 2014 The Irish Hotels Federation IHF today welcomed the 11 1 increase in overseas visitors to Ireland in the period May to July link to CSO figures Stephen McNally President of the IHF said that the figures indicate a continued momentum behind overseas visitors building on last year s strong performance It s particularly encouraging that strong growth is continuing a pace from North America and Great Britain which are vital overseas markets for us says Mr McNally With many parts of the country outside the main tourism hotspots still lagging behind the challenge now is to ensure these gains are spread throughout the country This is where initiatives such as the Wild Atlantic Way can make an enormous contribution to regional tourism Welcoming the Government s continued support for the sector Mr McNally states Much of the increase in visitor numbers is down to Government initiatives in support of the tourism sector such as the 9 tourism VAT rate and the zero travel tax continues to help when marketing Ireland abroad as

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  • "Dublin Goes Country": Hoteliers Encourage Garth Brooks Fans to Continue With Travel Plans to Ireland | Irish Hotels Federation
    Travel Plans to Ireland Wednesday 16 th July 2014 Earlier today Irish Hotels Federation IHF President Stephen McNally joined with newly appointed Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring for the launch of Dublin goes Country and a City Western series of events to entertain visitors in Dublin over the weekend of 25 July The events are being organised

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  • Hoteliers Encourage Garth Brooks Fans to Continue with Travel Plans to Ireland | Irish Hotels Federation
    TRAVEL PLANS TO IRELAND Hoteliers working to ensure visitors experience the very best that Dublin has to offer Alternative promotions and events being planned for last week in July IHF President calls for greater planning certainty around future events The Irish Hotels Federation IHF is encouraging Garth Brooks fans to continue with their travel plans to Ireland With over 70 000 overseas visitors disappointed by the concert cancellations IHF President Stephen McNally states that hoteliers are doing everything possible to look after those affected and to ensure visitors experience the very best that Dublin has to offer The immediate priority is to encourage the Garth Brooks concert visitors to come to Ireland anyway and experience all the great things to see and do in Dublin and further afield says Mr McNally We re working closely with Fáilte Ireland and other industry partners to put in place a series of alternative promotions and events for visitors planning to travel to Dublin for the last week of July Planning Mr McNally urged the Government to begin an immediate review of the planning process around the licencing of events Major events of national importance cannot be left to chance The risk to our

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  • IHF Welcomes New Tourism Minister | Irish Hotels Federation
    policy Friday 11th July 2014 The Irish Hotels Federation IHF today welcomes the appointment of Paschal Donohoe TD as Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport IHF President Stephen McNally says We look forward to working with Minister Donohoe to ensure tourism achieves a sustained recovery building on the significant progress made since 2011 during which time the industry has created over 23 000 new jobs We also welcome the Government s renewed acknowledgement today of the critical role tourism has to play in the country s economic recovery Tourism s success over the last three years has been supported by a range of targeted pro tourism Government measures that have had an enormously positive impact on the industry says Mr McNally More needs to be done however and we believe the sector has the potential to create over 40 000 more jobs by the end of the decade This will only be achieved if tourism remains to the fore of Government decision making and continues to be supported by longterm policies focused on growth and employment in the industry Mr McNally notes that with appropriate supports Irish tourism is well positioned to achieve an ambitious target of 10 million overseas visitors per annum by 2020 up from the seven million overseas visitors achieved in 2013 This would generate an additional 540 million in annual tax revenue for the exchequer Mr McNally thanked outgoing tourism Minister Leo Varadkar for his commitment to the industry during his tenure as Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport He states Since he came to office Minister Varadkar has been pivotal in enabling tourism to stabilise and return to growth During that time tourism has benefitted from measures such as the reduced 9 VAT rate the Visa waiver scheme and the reduction of the Air Travel

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