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Hospitality calls for 'Clear Path'

The hospitality sector has expressed disappointment that 'Living with Covid' announcement from the Taoiseach does not include a clear path to reopening for the sector.cummins0120

There are currently around 150,000 people from the hospitality sector receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) which will now be extended until June 3

Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has said that the extension of existing supports do not go far enough.
It said it is unacceptable that there was no information provided on what metrics will be used to determine reopening dates for hospitality.
Adrian Cummins CEO of the RAI said the sector is tiring and running out of money.
Businesses need to be able to see signs of the end goal, he said.
If we are all in this together why are we; the public, businesses and employees not being informed of the plan for reopening sectors?


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State supports stay until June

The Government has said that measures to support business, jobs and employment are to remain in place until the end of June.donohoe1019
It follows the announcement that Covid level 5 restrictions are to remain in place across a number of sectors for weeks and in some cases months.
The measures include the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS), Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) and Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), all of which were due to expire on March 31.
The Covid enhanced illness benefit, which was also due to expire on the same date, has also been extended to June 30.
The Government also said it would conduct an economic assessment of the CRSS around its impact, design and sustainability of the support.


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'Government in denial' says Fitzgerald

Hotel and guesthouse owners have reacted to announcements on the revised Living with Covid plan published by government and the progress markers for changing restrictionselaina. Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, President of the Irish Hotels Federation said that the sector recognises the difficult balance facing government. “However, the Government is in denial in relation to the supports required by those sectors, including hotels and guesthouses, that have been devastated by the restrictions,” she added.

Ms Fitzgerald Kane said: “It is time for the Government to step up to the mark for those sectors of the economy that are being asked to stay closed. Government supports to date have been very welcome and have made a difference for hotels and guesthouses. However, these supports are wholly inadequate in the face of an extended lockdown and the prospect that the all-important summer period will be eroded.


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Austrian- Swiss Blitz

switzerlandTourism Ireland’s virtual sales mission in Austria and Switzerland began yesterday.
It’s a two-day online event, with the participating tourism companies from Ireland connecting with key Austrian and Swiss tour operators – via a series of video appointments. The aim is to promote Ireland to these influential tour operators, to position us well for when the time is right to welcome international visitors once again.
Aubrey Irwin, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Austria and Switzerland, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted that these key tour operators from Austria and Switzerland are taking the time to join us, and our partners from Ireland, for our virtual sales mission. The participation of these buyers is a strong indication that interest in visiting Ireland remains high.
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AirBnB seeks tax details

Airbnb is asking hosts to for their tax details which will be shared with Revenue.   While the accommodation portal has been sharing information on Irish host earnings withairbnb2021 Revenue for some years now, a recent legislative change in Ireland means Airbnb is now also asking hosts for their PPS numbers, as well as the local property ID of the property being let out.

Airbnb says that “this information will be shared in addition to the information we’re already required to provide to the Irish tax authorities related to your earnings”.
The new rules apply to all hosts who are Irish tax-resident and to anyone with a listing in the Republic.
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