RAI Chief says that Hospitality sector has been impacted by Brexit already

Published on : Thursday, March 23, 2017

Restaurants Association of IrelandThe chairman of the Kinsale Good Food Circle and the Restaurants Association of Ireland’s (RAI) new president has recently remarked that “Kinsale has been quieter than usual [from November to now] and we are feeling Brexit already”.

The owner of Jim Edwards Restaurant, Bar & Guesthouse, Liam Edwards, along with his family, accepted the fact that 45 per cent of its customers comes from England. To quote Edwards, “that there are already fewer English people coming during the off-season. In the last few years, when the pound was close to parity with the euro, the English kept saying what excellent value the town was for restaurants and hotel room prices. The bookings are okay and I remain positive, but there is a lot of uncertainty about the future.’’

The chief executive Tim Fenn while speaking at the annual Irish Hotels Federation conference cautioned about the impact of Brexit and its probability of becoming more pronounced this year. This year, he added that rural tourism would be a major hit. A survey revealed that more than 95 per cent of hoteliers and guesthouse owners are anxious about the impact of Brexit. 29 per cent confessed that they had already seen a turn down in their UK business.


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