Hote­liers forced to make SOS call to Gov­ern­ment

Bray People - - Bray People -

WICK­LOW HOTE­LIERS are call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to in­crease bank liq­uid­ity in the bud­get and freeze tourism re­lated taxes as they con­tinue to en­counter dif­fi­cul­ties in the in­dus­try.

The re­cent eco­nomic de­cline has only added to prob­lems, in­clud­ing a sum­mer sea­son which was a wash-out and a down­turn in the num­ber of over­seas vis­i­tors com­ing to Ir­ish shores. The Gov­ern­ment have de­cided that the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance will present his Bud­get for 2009 on Tues- day, Oc­to­ber 14 and the Wick­low branch of the Ir­ish Ho­tels Fed­er­a­tion (IHF) have called on Brian Leni­han to take on board their con­cerns.

Branch Chair­man, Pat Hevey, feels fall­ing rev­enues and ris­ing costs were al­ready prob­lem­atic, and have only been added to by the eco­nomic tur­moil. He and other branch mem­bers are hop­ing that suf­fi­cient and ad­e­quately priced credit fa­cil­i­ties will be made avail­able for ho­tels and guest­houses re­quir­ing ad­di­tional short­term fi­nance fa­cil­i­ties.

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