The Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels’ Federation is warning that a disruptive Brexit could result in regional tourism being hardest hit.
The chair of the Kerry branch, Niamh O’Shea is warning, in particular, of the potential effects on regions that are heavily reliant on seasonal and UK markets.
Niamh O’Shea, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels’ Federation has been speaking at the national organisation’s annual conference which opened in the Gleneagle Hotel and INEC, Killarney today.
According to the IHF, tourism supports 15,700 jobs in Kerry and contributes some 533 million euro to the local economy annually.
The IHF says tourism is critical to sustaining regional economies and addressing the rural imbalance.
Ms O’Shea says the Government needs to take decisive action to mitigate the impact of Brexit and address the high cost of doing business in Ireland.
An IHF survey has found that almost two thirds of hoteliers said advance bookings for 2019 from Britain are down while almost six in ten are seeing a drop in advance bookings from Northern Ireland.
The IHF says the survey also indicates that the higher VAT rate on hospitality has also had repercussions, with 75% of hoteliers saying they’re now reassessing plans to increase capital investment.