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Hotels and guesthouses across the country could lose €270 million in revenue over the Christmas period claims a lobby group.  

As the nation waits in anticipation for the details of the government's plans to exit lockdown, the CEO of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) claims that hotels will be the real loser this festive period.

While restaurants, gastropubs, hairdressers and gyms all look set for a festive reprieve, a restriction on travel could prove catastrophic for the Irish hotel industry.

Commenting on reports that people will not be allowed to travel outside their county for much of December, Tim Fenn, CEO of the IHF claimed that this will have a devastating impact on hotels throughout the country, severely limiting their ability to trade.

“It is clear that December and Christmas will be very different this year,” he said.

“But the Government must take a more balanced approach to allowing people travel outside their county to visit family.

“Hotels can be an important part of the solution in facilitating this by providing very safe, highly-controlled, spacious environments for people stay independent of the home setting.

“We have a proven safety record and urge the Government to recognise the role we can play in ensuring a safer Christmas.

“We understand the significant challenges facing Government in reopening society in a safe way.

“However, there is scant difference between level three and level five restrictions in terms of how hotels can operate.

“What is being overlooked is that hotels are proven to be safe places.

“Hotels have rigorously implemented all the Government guidelines yet despite this Government is insisting on restrictions with disastrous implications for revenue and related employment within our sector."

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