Hoteliers forced to make SOS call to Government
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.