Fáilte Ireland Business Hub supports industry
In response to COVID-19, Fáilte Ireland has created a new online support hub for tourism businesses,...

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'Be a Great Employer' says top restaurateur
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Awards for Foodservice Suppliers
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'Food Service Must Cut Waste' says Mahony
The Food service industry must play its part in reducing food waste,  Noel Mahony, chief execut...

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Restaurants welcome planning changes

Restaurants have welcomed legislative changes which will allow them to operate as takeaways without planning permission.eoghanmurphy0329

The changes will save jobs and livelihoods, the Restaurants Association of Ireland , has said.

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, relaxed planning rules to allow businesses to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the changes, restaurants will no longer be required to get planning permission to operate as takeaways and supermarkets whose hours are limited by planning won't need to request permission to change these.


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Hostelworld suspends dividend

Global accommodation booking platform Hostelworld has suspended its final dividend in respect of last year as holidaymaker bookings continue to fall.
The Dublin-headquartered company has been badly impacted by the spread of the coronavirus.
Hostelworld expects to incur an earnings hit of €5m for the first three months of this year, up from its early prediction of €3m - €4m, according to a trading update from the group.
The group's net cash position remains strong, with over €20m of immediately available cash on hand. It has no debt obligations.


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Special provisions for hotels and restaurants in new Covid 19 curbs

Hotels can continue to offer 'essential services' and restaurants can sell take-away meals under new measures introduced by the Government to delay the spread of Covid covid1919.Theatres, clubs, gyms and leisure centres, hairdressers, betting shops, marts, markets, casinos, bingo halls, libraries, and other similar outlets are to shut;

Hotels are to limit occupancy to non-social and non-tourist reasons;
All cafes and restaurants are to limit supply to take- away food or delivery;
A €3.7bn financial package was also announced in order to soften the blow for the economy, as Social Protection Regina Doherty said that her previous prediction of 400,000 job losses now looks “conservative”.
The package includes:
A wage subsidy scheme will see the State fund up to 70% of pay, with a maximum weekly tax-free payment of €410 per employee;
Rates for the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment will rise to €350 per week;
Enhanced illness payment for those required to self-isolate or those diagnosed with coronavirus, will be increased from €305 to €350.
 Exemptions from normal planning rules to allow restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway and delivery services during the coronavirus pandemic have been approved by the Government.


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Government 'not doing enough' for Tourism says ITIC

The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation has said the Government is not doing enough to protect employers, warning that the tourism industry here is “on the brink” and could eoghanomw18see job losses top 200,000 in the near-term if action is not taken.Latest CSO figures showed 265,000 people working directly and indirectly in Ireland’s tourism industry. However, an estimated 150,000 people have lost their jobs during this crisis.Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and tindustry bodies have been meeting Government, led by ITIC.

 Ireland’s tourism industry is worth around €9bn, with 75% of its economy reliant on in-bound travel. ITIC said very little of that will be seen this year and even if Covid-19 disappeared immediately, it would be into 2021 before the start of a recovery would be seen. It said the virus presents “shattering economic implications” to the industry.
 The organisations want a multi-billion euro package to support tourism businesses, with that package including a job retention scheme, interest-free loans, debt forbearance, and business continuity grants.


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