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  • HOTELS SECTOR SEES 0.8% DROP IN INFLATION FOR ACCOMMODATION SERVICES YEAR ON YEAR | Irish Hotels Federation
    FOR ACCOMMODATION SERVICES YEAR ON YEAR Very competitive market conditions in the hotels sector over the summer season 12 th September 2013 The Irish Hotels Federation stated that the CSO consumer price index figures published today show inflation in accommodation services including hotel bednights is down 0 8 for the twelve months to August 2013 reflecting very competitive market conditions in the hotels sector over the summer season See note

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hotels-sector-sees-08-drop-inflation-accommodation-services-year-year (2016-02-07)
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  • HOTELS REJECT HOTELS.COM PRICE CLAIMS AS OUTRAGEOUS | Irish Hotels Federation
    that the average hotel price in Ireland has increased Figures from the Central Statistics Office which are based on a nationally representative sample of prices show that inflation in accommodation services was at 0 for the twelve months to June 2013 and was in fact down at 1 1 for the twelve months to July 2013 See note to editors below The figures used for the Hotels com survey are based on a very limited share of Irish hotels online sales and the sample size is only reflective of accommodation available on the Hotels com website It is too small to be representative of the 60 000 hotel and guesthouse rooms available for sale every day in Ireland Michael Vaughan Irish Hotels Federation states It is irresponsible and misleading for Hotels com to give the impression that hotel prices have risen when this is clearly not the case as borne out by the most recent CSO figures which show prices have in fact decreased The fact that prices on Hotels com are higher is in no way reflective of the excellent value that is available in the market This is nothing other than a cheap shot at publicity on the back of hotels that are doing their best to get their industry back on an even keel The Irish Hotels Federation also questions the validity of data published in relation to individual towns and counties across the country Mr Vaughan states that Hotels com has limited access to hotel booking information to draw conclusions about accommodation prices other than those bednights sold on its website He states that there is excellent value on offer by Irish hotels and guesthouses and that people should shop around ENDS Note to editor Each month the CSO publishes its national consumer price index Table

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hotels-reject-hotelscom-price-claims-outrageous (2016-02-07)
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  • Hoteliers Reject Attempts To Increase TV Licence Charges | Irish Hotels Federation
    costs on over burdened sector would further erode competitiveness 27 th August 2013 The Irish Hotels Federation IHF today rejected any attempt by the Government to impose additional charges on the hotels sector at a time when the cost of doing business in Ireland is a major issue for hotels and guesthouses In response to the Government s consultation on the introduction of a Public Service Broadcasting PSB charge Tim Fenn Chief Executive of the IHF states that an increase in the TV licence fee paid by hoteliers would be a further cost on an already over burdened sector Hotels and guesthouses are already operating in a high cost low margin environment states Mr Fenn The imposition of an additional charge for customers to view a television in their hotel room would raise operating costs at a time when hotels are struggling to break even In effect this would be an indirect form of tourism taxation for hotel guests almost 70 per cent of whom are Irish residents and would have already paid a TV licence Indeed overseas guests contribute to licensing systems in their country of residence Irish tourism has experienced a severe economic shock in the last five

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-reject-attempts-increase-tv-licence-charges (2016-02-07)
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  • Hoteliers Welcome Massive Increase in US Visitor Numbers | Irish Hotels Federation
    welcomed the 4 2 increase in overseas visitors to Ireland during the second quarter saying it has provided a significant boost for the tourism industry Commenting on the 14 8 increase in visitors from the US IHF President Michael Vaughan said The Gathering effect is clearly evident in the massive increase in North American visitors and we expect this market to have a stellar performance this year Mr Vaughan said that Ireland is now experiencing a three tier market with key urban centres such as Dublin Cork and Galway doing very well traditional tourist town seeing modest increases and many rural tourism spots still struggling to attract overseas visitors The recent good weather has provided a much needed lift particularly for regional tourism Hotels and guesthouses throughout the country have benefited greatly from the sunny weather and the good mood it created among Irish consumers It has also encouraged overseas visitors staying in the cities to travel around the country and this greatly benefits tourism businesses in the regions Commenting on the disappointing results from the UK market Mr Vaughan expressed serious concern at the lack of progress in turning around our largest market which saw a drop 1 1 in the second quarter a reminder of the amount of ground lost since the economic downturn with the UK market having experienced a fall of one million over 30 in annual visitor numbers since 2007 The domestic market is also a serious concern for the industry with many hotels in rural areas continuing to suffer from struggling domestic demand The sharp contraction in consumer spending so far this year has put significant pressure on hotels outside of the larger urban areas and main holiday hotspots he says Holidaymakers from the island of Ireland make up 70 per cent of overall

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-welcome-massive-increase-us-visitor-numbers (2016-02-07)
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  • New Package Travel Directive will create confusion on the holiday market, warns the European hospitality industry | Irish Hotels Federation
    Following the European Commission s proposal for a new Package Travel Directive HOTREC expressed its worries that some of the new rules proposed could significantly mess up the hotel market Our preliminary analysis is that the extension of the scope and obligations of the Directive might create significant divergences in the legal regime applicable to different form of hotel bookings This is likely to create confusion on the holiday market which is neither in the interest of the consumer nor of the hotel industry commented Mr Kent Nyström President of HOTREC Indeed while stand alone hotel bookings are subject to the new Consumer Rights Directive hotel bookings combined with another tourism service are falling under the scope of the Package Travel Directive The new rules proposed would make these two legal regimes significantly different in the future For instance while the Consumer Rights Directive exempts hotel bookings from a mandatory right of withdrawal the new rules on package travel would make the same hotel booking subject to a right of withdrawal when combined with another service even though the hotel does not know it was combined by the consumer and do not intend to sell or be part of a package This is incoherent and would lead to a kind of discrimination based on the mode of booking That would make it difficult for hotels to manage online reservations made through a third party further added Mr Nyström HOTREC therefore calls on the European Parliament and on the Council to tackle the issue and amend the Commission proposal accordingly HOTREC considers in particular that the new Directive should clearly state that A transport component must be the constitutive element of a package travel and There is no mandatory right of withdrawal for combined tourism services as it is the case

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/new-package-travel-directive-will-create-confusion-holiday-market-warns-european-hospitali-0 (2016-02-07)
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  • HOTELIERS WELCOME DAILY BOSTON AND NEW YORK ROUTES FROM SHANNON | Irish Hotels Federation
    Where are you going Check in Check out Want to feature your Hotel on our site Click HERE HOTELIERS WELCOME DAILY BOSTON AND NEW YORK ROUTES FROM SHANNON Back 04 07 2013 HOTELIERS WELCOME DAILY BOSTON AND NEW YORK ROUTES FROM SHANNON Aer Lingus to increase existing flights in 2014 Shannon Hoteliers have welcomed the decision by Aer Lingus to increase both its Boston and New York flights from Shannon Airport to daily services by early 2014 The services which will begin with the Boston flights on 6 th January followed by the New York flights by the end of March will see Aer Lingus carry up to 50 000 additional transatlantic passengers through Shannon Airport Sean Lally representative of the Shannon Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation IHF said the growth in flights and visitor numbers will have a positive effect on the Shannon region as a whole He stated This further commitment by Aer Lingus for the Shannon area is a hugely positive development and will provide a welcome boost as part of wider efforts to grow visitor numbers from the North America ENDS FOR INFORMATION Sean Lally Representative of the Shannon Branch of the IHF Mob 086

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-welcome-daily-boston-and-new-york-routes-shannon (2016-02-07)
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  • HOTELIERS CONCERNED AT WEAKNESS IN IRISH DOMESTIC TOURISM | Irish Hotels Federation
    Hotels Sector 9 VAT rate must be retained to support domestic tourism Hotels sector extremely sensitive to consumer demand at home Domestic tourism accounts for 70 of hotel sector revenues The Irish Hotels Federation IHF states that despite an increase of 8 1 in overseas visitors in the last quarter many hotels in rural areas continue to suffer from struggling domestic demand While welcoming the increase in overseas visitors Michael Vaughan President of the IHF states that the sharp contraction in consumer spending so far in 2013 is putting renewed pressure on hotels outside the main urban areas Irish tourism is very dependent on the domestic market with holidaymakers from the island of Ireland making up 70 per cent of overall business in the hotels sector This is even more pronounced in rural areas where business from the domestic economy can account for up to 85 of bednights making the sector extremely sensitive to consumer demand at home The Government s decision to reduce tourism VAT to 9 has provided a vital stimulus for hotels and guesthouses and acted as a key competitive advantage when marketing Ireland as a tourism destination abroad says Mr Vaughan It s now of the

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-concerned-weakness-irish-domestic-tourism (2016-02-07)
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  • AIB Publishes Report in Association with Irish Hotels Federation | Irish Hotels Federation
    Federation AIB today published an industry report examining the critical role played by the hotels sector in Ireland s tourism industry The research which was carried out by Amárach Research looks at the outlook over the coming years the challenges facing the industry the opportunities for business growth and the measures hoteliers are likely to adopt to improving their business Some of the key survey findings 54 of hotels saw turnover increase in 2012 with 26 saying it had decreased 67 of Irish hotels expect the tourism industry to improve within the next three years 71 of hotels also expect their own business to improve within the same time frame 55 of hotels say they will improve and grow their businesses over the next three years 54 of hoteliers do not currently have a succession plan in place for their business Guest profiles are changing hoteliers reporting an increase in the number of couples over 55s and domestic tourists Online bookings now account for 56 of all bookings with just 31 of bookings made over the phone The report demonstrates the vital role banks have to play in supporting hoteliers and guesthouse owners who require on going access to credit

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/aib-publishes-report-association-irish-hotels-federation (2016-02-07)
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