Media Coverage – October 2023
Many businesses could now be forced to close through a lack of supports, the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said after Budget 2024 was unveiled. It said the Government failed to sufficiently help small and medium-sized hospitality. “The Government instead delivered piecemeal that will not be enough to keep many small and medium-sized businesses open,” said the association in a stinging rebuke of Tuesday’s announcements.
The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has said that the decision to continue at the 13.5% VAT rate for restaurants, cafés and gastropubs will see many businesses close this year. A reduction in footfall and ongoing pressures from accommodating refugees meant that a bespoke government package was needed, the group said.
Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association Ireland, will speak to the Committee on the impact crime and anti-social behaviour has on restaurants, pubs and cafes. Cummins undertook a survey of Dublin-based members in advance of the meeting and he will tell the Committee that “100% of the survey’s respondents said Dublin city is less safe today than it was pre-pandemic”.
The Restaurant & Hospitality Skillnet has launched a customer service upskilling solution that incorporates virtual reality (VR). VR Resolve will allow participants to step into ‘realistic’ scenarios and work through various customer complaints that could occur in a restaurant setting.
The former President of the Restaurant’s Association of Ireland says the government has basically turned its back on the sector at a time when it needed support. Anthony Gray made the comments after the government ended the special 9 per cent VAT rate that benefited hospitality sector.
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