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  • HOTELS PLAN SEEKS TO PROVIDE 3,000 PEOPLE A YEAR WITH ENTRY-LEVEL EMPLOYMENT | Irish Hotels Federation
    no progress has been made on the jobs training plan put forward last year by the Irish Hotels Federation IHF aimed at providing up to 3 000 people with entry level employment in the sector each year delegates at the IHF s 75 th annual conference in Killarney heard today With 64 of hoteliers experiencing difficulty recruiting suitably qualified craft entry level staff IHF President Michael Vaughan expressed his frustration at the lack of engagement by the Government on a vital initiative aligned so closely with its national job creation strategy At a time when hotels throughout the country are facing a shortage of trained entry level workers it s disappointing that the Government isn t working more closely with us on this issue says Mr Vaughan Our proposal would help stem the issue of long term unemployment and provide young people in particular with possibly their first work experience and a valuable stepping stone in their careers This would have an enormous impact particularly in rural areas where fewer employment opportunities exist Mr Vaughan states that the lack of trained staff is a direct result of Fáilte Ireland s decision to stop providing this type of hospitality craft training FETAC levels 3 4 He states the obvious solution would be for the Government to work with the sector and instruct the new further education and training authority SOLAS and local employment training boards to provide the required training courses to ensure a sustainable supply of trained workers to fill entry level positions With unemployment at over 14 our overriding objective must be job creation getting people into the workforce and providing them an opportunity to develop their skills says Mr Vaughan It s a year on since we proposed our jobs training initiative but unfortunately nothing has been achieved

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hotels-plan-seeks-provide-3000-people-year-entry-level-employment (2016-02-07)
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  • HOTELIERS MORE UPBEAT ACCORDING TO INDUSTRY SURVEY | Irish Hotels Federation
    in the Shannon region and the South West The Government s decision to reduce tourism VAT to 9 has provided a vital stimulus for hotels and guesthouses according to the survey with 90 of hoteliers saying the measure has boosted their business As a result of this 42 of respondents say they are likely to take on additional staff over the next 12 months Key Challenges Despite the more positive outlook for 2013 71 of hoteliers remain concerned about the future viability of their businesses The vast majority 96 are concerned that the Government may not retain the reduced VAT rate next year Hoteliers cite excessive local authority rates and high electricity and gas prices as the most pressing issues stifling cost competitiveness within the sector Limited availability of credit is still an issue for a significant number of hoteliers with 31 compared 36 2012 of respondents indicating they have experienced difficulties accessing standard normal credit facilities from their banks during the last year Speaking in advance of its annual conference in Killarney March 4 th 5 th Tim Fenn Chief Executive of the IHF states The sector is now on a firmer footing following a number of pro tourism initiatives by the Government such as the reduced tourism VAT rate which has provided a key competitive advantage when marketing Ireland as a tourism destination Mr Fenn urged the Government however to provide greater medium term certainty around the retention of the 9 VAT rate so that international tour operators who book accommodation services some 18 months in advance can plan their trips to Ireland with greater certainty on pricing He says While the rate reduction has greatly benefited tourism business it needs to be more than just a short term measure if we are to achieve sustained growth in

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-more-upbeat-according-industry-survey (2016-02-07)
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  • 2012 TOUGH YEAR FOR TOURISM BUT SEEDS NOW SOWN FOR PERIOD OF GROWTH | Irish Hotels Federation
    very much a case of one step forward and two back The target of an additional 200 000 visitors per annum from the UK by 2016 is clearly not ambitious enough given low based we re working from A more aggressive approach needs to be adopted with campaigns aimed at attracting a greater spread of visitors to the regions and promoting specific reasons to visit whether activity based or focusing on heritage and culture says Mr Fenn When people think of holidaying in Ireland the image should be of a fun and vibrant destination blessed with a wealth of scenic attractions steeped in history and culture and offering a warm and friendly welcome The key challenge lies in getting our marketing message right and giving holidaymakers new and compelling reasons to visit Ireland Encouragingly a 3 increase in visitors was recorded from North America last year Mr Fenn states An excellent example of the type of initiative that works exceptionally well is the Emerald Isle Classic American football game held in Dublin last year This saw thousands of Americans travel to Ireland contributing greatly to tourism In 2012 overall tourism revenue across the sector remained stagnant at 5 7 billion Revenues were made up of 4 billion from foreign exchange earnings and 1 73 billion from the domestic market which experienced a 5 decline on revenue year on year The dependence on the home market continued in 2012 with 70 of hotel bed nights coming from island of Ireland National room occupancy levels improved significantly in 2012 standing at 61 compared with 56 in 2011 This increase was due to a contraction in capacity and the majority of bednights being offered at great value deal rates and very low margins 2012 Room Occupancy Levels Dublin 73 2011 64 East and

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/2012-tough-year-tourism-seeds-now-sown-period-growth (2016-02-07)
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  • Hoteliers Call for Measures to Restore Financial Stability and Improve Tourism Competitiveness | Irish Hotels Federation
    reconstruction and development directed at the SME sector Reducing local authority rates by 30 for hotels Abandoning the proposed statutory sick pay scheme The IHF states that tourism is Ireland s largest indigenous industry and a critical component of the export economy accounting for 5 3 billion in spending and 1 3bn in taxes in 2011 and representing 4 5 of Ireland s services exports The derived spend is enormous for the Government with approximately 65 cent in every euro going back by way of some form of tax or levy Overall tourism provides an estimated 196 000 jobs equivalent to 11 per cent of total employment in the country Retaining 9 VAT rate for tourism into 2014 Through targeted measures supporting tourism the Government has recognised the role the industry has to play in contributing to recovery in the wider economy In particular the decision to reduce the rate of VAT to 9 for tourism products has provided a much needed boost for the sector by allowing hotels and guesthouses retain and create jobs in an otherwise turbulent environment The IHF s position is that any uncertainty around its retention into 2014 would become a barrier to securing sustained growth in visitor numbers as international tour operators book some 18 months in advance The Federation is calling on the Government to view the 9 tourism VAT rate as more than a short term stimulus and commit to retaining the reduction into 2014 thereby providing greater medium term certainty on pricing of hospitality products Improving access to equity finance in the hotels sector The IHF is calling on the Government to help improve access to equity finance through three targeted initiatives that would help restore financial sustainability to the sector Extension of the existing Employment and Investment Incentive Scheme to include hotel and guesthouse businesses thereby providing incentives to private investors to invest equity Creation of a new Hotel Restructuring Fund that would use funds from the National Pension Reserve Fund and the sale of state assets to invest in hotels that have a commercially sound prospect for profitability growth and providing sustainable employment Creation of a Qualifying Investor Fund for Hotels targeting private investors especially from abroad seeking to invest in Irish hotels but not wishing to own hotels directly Maintaining the real levels of funding for Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland The IHF is calling on the Government to maintain current levels of marketing funding for both Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland in an effort to increase overseas and domestic visitor numbers in the coming years While business levels have increased in key urban areas in 2012 performance has been poor for hotels and guesthouses across many parts of the country resulting in a two tier recovery in the market Funding for specific long term marketing measures is required in Budget 2013 to address this imbalance and in particular to restore growth in tourism from the British market The IHF is also calling for the Government to allocate

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  • Hoteliers Express Concern at 2.9% drop in overseas visitors | Irish Hotels Federation
    a 2m IPG Gathering Fund The Irish Hotels Federation IHF today expressed its concern over the 2 9 per cent drop in overseas visitors to Ireland during the period July to Sept 2012 compared with the same period last year Commenting on the 8 9 per cent drop from the British market Tim Fenn Chief Executive of the IHF stated this poor performance was particularly worrying and underscored the need to restore growth in tourism from this core market as outlined in a recent report by the Tourism Recovery Taskforce GB Path to Growth While business levels have increased in key urban areas over the summer months performance has been poor for hotels and guesthouses across many parts of the country states Mr Fenn This is disappointing given the very low visitor base we re working off at 30 per cent less than the 2007 peak Highlighting the tremendous value in hotels and guesthouses throughout the country Mr Fenn states that a key challenge remains in getting Ireland s marketing message right and giving holidaymakers new reasons to visit Ireland He states An excellent example of the type of initiative that works was the recent Emerald Isle Classic American football game hosted in Dublin in September This saw thousands of Americans travel to Ireland contributing to a 3 6 increase in visitors from North America Commenting on the outlook for 2013 Mr Fenn stated that The Gathering next year provides an enormous opportunity to re energise Irish tourism and showcase the tremendous range of attractions and cultural activities that Ireland has to offer Welcoming in particular the launch of a 2m IPG Gathering Fund Mrr Fenn congratulated IPG Insurance on their commitment to the initiative and stated that working with the Government corporate Ireland will have a power role to

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-express-concern-29-drop-overseas-visitors (2016-02-07)
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  • Report Urges Decisive Action to Restore Financial Stability to Irish Hotel Sector | Irish Hotels Federation
    cent 2 5 billion will be required to bring the debt overhang to sustainable levels This would return hotels to a financial position where they can attract equity investment allowing them to operate on a long term sustainable basis Tim Fenn CEO of the IHF states the report provides a frank assessment of the impact overhanging debt is having on the hotels sector He says Now is the time for the Government to take decisive action to help improve access to equity finance and restore financial stability to the sector This issue cannot be allowed to fester and jeopardise future growth and job creation in the wider tourism industry If we don t act now we ll be picking up the pieces of a failed tourism industry in five years time Along with debt restructuring the report explores three specific Government initiatives which if implemented could improve access to equity finance to hotels and restore financial sustainability to the sector The existing Employment and Investment Incentive Scheme should be extended to include restructured hotels thereby providing incentives to private investors to invest equity in restructured hotels A new Hotel Restructuring Fund could use funds from the National Pension Reserve Fund and the sale of state assets to invest in hotels that have a commercially sound prospect for profitability growth and providing sustainable employment A Qualifying Investor Fund for Hotels may be attractive to private investors especially from abroad who would like to invest in Irish hotels but do not wish to own hotels directly The reality facing the sector is that the banks will only lend to potential domestic investors to buy or refinance viable hotels if sufficient equity capital is available However there is a severe lack of funds available to new and current owners preventing the repair of

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  • IHF Statement on Supply of Credit | Irish Hotels Federation
    SME credit supply and demand the Irish Hotels Federation IHF states that hotels continues to face unjustifiable difficulties in accessing appropriate levels of credit from financial institutions Citing recent findings from its quarterly industry barometer July 2012 the IHF states that 39 of hoteliers have experienced difficulties accessing standard normal credit facilities from their banks over the last year Access to credit continues to pose a major challenge for many

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  • HOTELIERS CONCERNED AT FURTHER REDUCTION OF OVERSEAS VISITORS | Irish Hotels Federation
    Hotel on our site Click HERE HOTELIERS CONCERNED AT FURTHER REDUCTION OF OVERSEAS VISITORS Back 28 09 2012 HOTELIERS CONCERNED AT FURTHER REDUCTION OF OVERSEAS VISITORS The Irish Hotels Federation IHF today expressed its serious concern at the further 2 reduction in overseas visitor numbers coming to Ireland during the peak summer season Furthermore a six per cent annual reduction of British visitors has been reflected in disappointing occupancy levels in hotels and guesthouses outside Dublin in the last quarter Tim Fenn Chief Executive IHF states Occupancy rates have been significantly stronger in Dublin but lagging particularly in the West Midlands and Southeast On the ground it is very much a case of a two speed recovery with disappointing visitor numbers in many regions right up to include the summer season this year The further reduction in visitors from both Britain and the US our core markets is becoming increasingly worrying Mr Fenn states that continued funding for Tourism Ireland at current levels is essential to avoid any further declines taking hold and jeopardising the important work done to date to secure growth and job creation in the tourism sector With 180 000 people employed in tourism the industry supports

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