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'It's not going to go nearly far enough'

Kerry's hoteliers have given a cautious welcome to the stimulus plan announced by the Government last week but, Simon Brouder writes, there is a view that much more could have been done

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Chairperson of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels Federation, Bernadette Randles. Photo by Don MacMonagle

Chairperson of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels Federation, Bernadette Randles. Photo by Don MacMonagle

Chairperson of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels Federation, Bernadette Randles. Photo by Don MacMonagle

Kerry hoteliers have given a cautious welcome to the Government's COVID-19 business stimulus package but say the measures don't go anywhere near far enough to help them meet the crisis they are facing.

Among the main area of concern for hotel operators is the Government's failure to specifically address the tourism and hospitality VAT rate.

While the headline VAT rate has been cut by two per cent to 21 per cent, hoteliers are extremely disappointed that a more tailored approach was not taken to the sector's difficulties and a decision made to deliver a reduction in tourism VAT.