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Hotels across Cork preparing to reopen with 2 metre distancing

It was confirmed this week that the reopening date was being brought forward which has been widely welcomed by those in the tourism and hospitality sector. There are concerns about the viability of the 2 metre social distancing rule with many hoping that will be reduced over the coming weeks. Speaking to Cork’s 96FM & …

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Tough times for tourism trade as it absorbs coronavirus shock

In mid February, Carrick-on-Shannon hotelier Joe Dolan was preparing for the 2020 season ahead. The tourism sector, especially in Border areas such as Leitrim, had just dodged the bullet of a no deal Brexit and the Bush hotel owner was looking forward to some much-needed trading certainty. By mid-March, he was mothballing the business and …

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Cork tourism businesses respond to new published guidelines

BUSINESSES working in the hospitality sector in Cork have welcomed the publication of new guidance for the sector, but admit it will bring some serious challenges. The guidance, published by Fáilte Ireland, provides detailed advice for hotels and guesthouses, caravan and camping, self-catering business, attractions, B&Bs, activity providers, and restaurants and cafes planning to open …

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Joe Barrett (Applegreen & IHF) says “Get Real on Retail”

Retail Excellence, Ireland’s largest retail representative body has called on politicians and candidates for the local and European elections today to ‘get real on retail’. Speaking at the annual Retail Retreat on Tuesday 21st May, Joe Barrett, COO of Applegreen PLC and Chairperson of Retail Excellence said: “Looking ahead to the local and European elections …

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“Urgent need to address tourism crisis” says Irish Hotel Federation

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) is urging the Government to introduce measures that will tackle the catastrophic crisis facing many businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Welcoming the positive trend in cases this week, Mr Tim Fenn, Chief Executive, IHF, acknowledged the great progress being made by the Government, the Chief Medical Officer, health professionals …

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“So Excited to Reopen Ireland’s Hotels and Guesthouses”

“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 …

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Private and public sectors devise recovery programme for midwest

A group of industry leaders in the midwest have gathered together with Government agencies and education institutions to launch an economic recovery programme for the region which includes retraining options for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Led by former Dell global senior vice-president of services Denis Kelly, the “regional Covid-19 response group” has devised …

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Guidelines for reopening Hotels & Guesthouses Launched

COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge for the tourism sector. Before re-opening, businesses will need to review how they work and employ new practices and procedures to ensure everyone stays safe. As a result, Fáilte Ireland, in consultation with Sectoral Bodies, has developed operational guidelines in line with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), Health Service …

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