Hotelier calls for new lobby group in capital to stop 'destruction' of industry
Published 29/08/2010 | 05:00
A leading Dublin hotelier has said that the industry is in "absolute disaster and disarray" and that a new organisation is needed to represent city hoteliers.
Maurice Tuttle, the MD of the Central Hotel in Dublin city centre, has said that he no longer has confidence in the Irish Hotels Federation to represent members in city centre locations, whose problems and concerns are very different from five-star hotels and country resorts.
"What we need to do is have a small hard-working hoteliers group to lobby on behalf of the hotels in Dublin city centre. We are suffering from different concerns from other hotels around the country -- it's like chalk and cheese and nobody is representing the 168 hotels in Dublin."
Mr Tuttle says the industry is the biggest single employer in the country and he believes that hoteliers in Dublin should come together to lobby against local authority charges and the growing number of levies on their business.
Although his own hotel, The Central Hotel on Dublin's Exchequer Street, has been profitable for the last three years, he says that the decimation of tourism business from Britain is a major problem that needs to be addressed by the tourism authorities.
"We became too expensive for English people and we looked down our noses at stag and hen parties, but people forget that they were filling Temple Bar. We have lost the UK market and that needs to be addressed.
Mr Tuttle says he now intends to canvas for "like-minded" hotel owners in Dublin city to form their own lobby group to try to rectify some of the ills that are currently "destroying the trade".