CLOSE on 400 hoteliers and guesthouse owners and managers will descend on Killarney early next month for the annual conference of the Irish Hotels’ Federation.
It will be based in the Gleneagle Hotel and INEC from on Monday and Tuesday, March 4/5, and delegates will focus on looking beyond the challenges facing the industry, which supports an estimated 266,000 jobs in Ireland.
While 2018 was a record year for tourism, there has been a significant fall in business sentiment due to the uncertainty over Brexit, increases in the cost of doing business, a slowdown in European growth and the increase in VAT.
The industry has faced challenges in the past that have underlined the enduring requirement to maintain the quality of product, quality of service, competitiveness and a focus on exceeding customer expectations.
IHF President Michael Lennon and Chief Executive Tim Fenn will address the conference which will be attended by dozens of Kerry hoteliers and guesthouse owners, including current IHF Kerry branch chair Niamh O’Shea.
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