Tourism sector can’t be left to take Brexit heat alone

Tourism sector can’t be left to take Brexit heat alone

The hospitality industry urgently needs help in the upcoming budget as it braces itself for a painful hit that could cost 10,000 jobs

Last week, I spoke to Pat McCann, the chief executive of the country’s largest hotel company, Dalata (which owns the Clayton and Maldron brands). It has just reported that in the first six months of the year, its turnover hit €200 million and earnings rose to €60 million.

That’s not a bad performance given that the busier part of the summer was to come. McCann was in buoyant form, telling me about his expansion plans for...

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