Hotelier John Brennan believes the marketplace for individuals approaching luxurious journeys to Eire from overseas would be the first to rebound throughout the sector as soon as the financial system reopens.
Mr Brennan says whereas he’s optimistic in regards to the lodge sector’s prospects this 12 months, he’s nervous in regards to the impression of the lull between the resumption of lengthy and short-haul journey.
There are some considerations that the home tourism trade in Eire can be impacted within the time between when flights to locations in Europe resume however worldwide journey from areas such because the US are nonetheless halted.
The luxurious lodge market here’s a huge draw for American vacationers.
Nonetheless, as soon as we’re permitted to journey overseas once more, Irish individuals could also be extra prone to go on holidays in sunnier climes in Europe somewhat than keep in a five-star lodge right here.
Mr Brennan is understood for presenting At Your Service with brother Francis and the pair, who personal the five-star Park Resort in Kenmare, Co Kerry, have not too long ago acquired the Lansdowne Arms Resort in the identical city.
Talking on Down to Business with Bobby Kerr, he mentioned: “The best black cloud on the horizon would be the lull between short-haul and long-haul coming again.
“The one factor from the Park Resort perspective, and that is an especially egocentric remark, the five-star market on the long-haul will rebound faster than the three-star market.
“They are going to get on the airplane a lot sooner than the coach and that is a spotlight for us.
“However there can be a lull in that and I would not be nervous about 2021 in any respect, I would not lose a wink’s sleep over 2021.
“2022 goes to be tough as a result of we cannot have the long-haul again in the identical numbers I imagine and there can be a query mark over that.
“However we have survived all kinds of issues which have been thrown at us over time and we’ll recover from this, so I will not lose an excessive amount of sleep both.”
Mr Brennan mentioned regardless of this, he’s optimistic for the following six months and backs the Authorities’s varied helps that are in place for companies in the course of the pandemic.
“I feel the Authorities have been hit with a juggernaut ten instances greater than we have been hit with as a person enterprise,” he added.
“I feel they’ve coped very well and the techniques in place have been very supportive, we would not have survived till now if these techniques weren’t put in place.
“They are not in place in each nation world wide so we’re very fortunate to be within the place we’re in.”