Irish hotel and guesthouse bookings at lowest, poll finds
Summer bookings of Irish hotels and B & Bs are at an all-time low according to the latest survey from the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF).
Right now, booking levels of just 21% are reported for July, with 20% for August – traditionally the busiest months of the year.
Breakdown of occupancy results for July / August / September 2021:
National room occupancy: 21% July / 20% August / 19% September.
City and County of Dublin: 12% July / 14% August / 16% Sept.
Other cities: 19% July / 21% August / 15% September.
Border region: 21% July / 20% August / 17% Sept.
Mid-West: 26% July / 23% August / 23% September
Midlands / Mid East: 22% July / 20% August / 21% September
South-East: 34% July / 27% August / 22% Sept.
Southwest: 29% July / 29% August / 23% Sept.
Ahead of today’s announcement by the Taoiseach, the IHF urgently calls for certainty regarding support for companies and employees.
IHF Managing Director Tim Fenn says: “We have never seen such low booking levels for the main summer months at this time of year. The domestic market has been very positive for hotels and bed and breakfasts over the past year and we expect home vacations to be very important again this year. However, in the meantime, hotels need to plan ahead, and the lack of certainty over business supports is a huge challenge for hotel businesses.
Mr. Fenn added: “Government supports to date have been greatly appreciated and have made a significant difference for hotels and guesthouses. However, as our sector is now facing prolonged confinement, this support must be reviewed. While the all-important summer period wears off, additional supports are now needed to protect businesses and the livelihoods they support until society safely reopens and the tourism sector and industry. as a whole can recover.
“More specifically, we are seeking increases in payments under the Covid Restrictions Supports Scheme (CRSS), improved employment subsidies, an extension of the exemption from local government tariffs until the end of this year. We also call on the government to intervene with banks to ensure they have the right supports and engagement processes for hotels and their team members until Covid-19 is removed. “
Commenting on the government’s revised Living with Covid plan, which is due to be announced today, Mr Fenn said it would be important to give consumers more confidence to plan their breaks and vacations for the summer months.
“We recognize the difficult balance that the government must strike. The rollout of vaccinations in recent weeks has shed some light, but the prospect of being able to enjoy a well-deserved vacation this summer would also be a welcome boost to morale. ”
The IHF survey was conducted February 15-19 and the results are based on the response of 286 properties with 28,200 rooms across the country.