The General Manager of a Cavan hotel believes business across the hospitality sector won't reach pre-pandemic levels until after 2022.
Speaking ahead of the annual Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) conference which was held at the Slieve Russel Hotel in Ballyconnell earlier today, Tony Walker says that rural destinations who aren't reliant on international visitors will recover from the impact of Covid at a quicker pace compared to others.
Over 450 hoteliers and guesthouse operators gathered at the Slieve Russel Hotel, to discuss issues in relation to the rise of business costs, particularly in energy.
Mr Walker called on the Government to support the hospitality sector by not increasing VAT from 9% for accommodation and food as proposed from September.
However, states that the Slieve Russel Hotel is in a fortune position due to a high-level of deferred business caused by lockdown, which seen an increase in weddings, events and conferences for the popular Ballyconnell hotel.