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Budget 2022 a “big blow” to tourism industry

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By Sean Moriarty

This week’s budget is a “big blow” to the tourism industry according to Chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation (IHF) Bernadette Randles.

While she welcomed certain aspects of the budget, like the €90 million aviation package for Irish Airports she was left dismayed that the VAT rate in the hospitality sector, which is currently set at 9 percent will return to 13.5 percent at end of next August.

Ahead of the budget, hospitality sector officials were calling for this move to be delayed until 2025.

The tourism industry nationally, is trying to recover from a €7 billion hammering caused by COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Ms Randles acknowledges that the aviation package will help attract new visitors but said that if the overall package remains too expensive the net result will be fewer visitors.

“This is a big blow. We are in recovery and survival mode, we are already contracting for 2023 and if we have to turn around to these clients and say their rates have gone up again, well they just may go elsewhere,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are trying to recover, we are not whining, we are being very practical about this. It is not just hotels, but the entire tourism industry.”

Additional cost increases facing the entire sector include fuel, coffee products and linen suppliers. Ms Randles confirmed that all of these industries have put up their prices in recent weeks.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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