IHF Donegal branch chair Paul Diver calling for reduction in VAT Rate for B&Bs and hotels

Hotels and guesthouses in Donegal have voiced fresh concerns about tourism performance this year and the challenges facing the sector including Brexit.

According to the latest national industry survey from the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), 57% of hotels have seen a fall in overall business levels compared to this time last year.

Business levels from the UK remain very challenging for hotels, largely as a result of uncertainty around Brexit and the marked drop in the value of Sterling in recent years. Some 78% of hotels across the country have seen a fall-off in business from Great Britain

IHF Donegal branch chair, Paul Diver says the “Irish tourism is supporting 7,500 jobs in the County of Donegal and contributes some €249m to the local economy annually. He is calling on the Government to reduce the VAT Rate in the Hospitality industry in tomorrow budget