Fáilte Ireland Business Hub supports industry
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'Be a Great Employer' says top restaurateur
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Awards for Foodservice Suppliers
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Dalata to close some hotels

Dalata Hotel Group expects its revenue in the quarter to the end of March to be down about 16% compared to the same time last year due to the "unprecedented" Covid-19 mccann0320situation.It said the combination of major public events being cancelled, the introduction of travel restrictions and the redefining of the use of hotels by both the Irish and UK governments has severely impacted the business over the last two week.

"We expect that to continue for as long as the current restrictions on movement and travel remain," the hotel group said.
In a trading update, Dalata also said that it will have to temporarily close several of its hotels in Ireland and the UK over the coming days and significantly reduce operating capacity at its remaining hotels. 


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Park may close until 2021

The owner of Tayto Park hopes that the theme park will reopen in August - but fears that it may not until April 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak.taytopk0320

Prior to the Covid-19 emergency, Tayto Park owner Raymond Coyle had pencilled in this Saturday for the reopening of the park, which generates around €19m in revenues per annum and attracts over 500,000 visitors.
Mr Coyle said in an interview that he hoped that the park may be in a position to reopen in August but conceded that it may now be the following April.
He said Tayto Park has already stalled the recruitment of 360 seasonal workers for the park's peak summer months.
He said that he was not qualified to say when the park would reopen.
"We will have to be guided by the HSE, Government and the developments around the coronavirus," he said.


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Restaurants welcome planning changes

Restaurants have welcomed legislative changes which will allow them to operate as takeaways without planning permission.eoghanmurphy0329

The changes will save jobs and livelihoods, the Restaurants Association of Ireland , has said.

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, relaxed planning rules to allow businesses to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the changes, restaurants will no longer be required to get planning permission to operate as takeaways and supermarkets whose hours are limited by planning won't need to request permission to change these.


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Hostelworld suspends dividend

Global accommodation booking platform Hostelworld has suspended its final dividend in respect of last year as holidaymaker bookings continue to fall.
The Dublin-headquartered company has been badly impacted by the spread of the coronavirus.
Hostelworld expects to incur an earnings hit of €5m for the first three months of this year, up from its early prediction of €3m - €4m, according to a trading update from the group.
The group's net cash position remains strong, with over €20m of immediately available cash on hand. It has no debt obligations.


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