Cork hotel manager fears he may face restricted trading days amid energy crisis

A West Cork hotelier says he’s concerned that he could be facing restricted trading days in the future as insurance and energy bills sky rocket.

Neil Grant at the Celtic Ross Hotel revealed earlier how the energy bills alone from his hotel have tripled in twelve months despite the hotel controlling their energy use. The electricity bill issued to the hotel for the month of August was €24,600.

He says this Winter could be the hardest ever faced by hospitality businesses with insurance bills also rising, as hotels enter the loss making months of November to February.

The Government is being urged to provide financial support towards retro fit schemes for hotels as the industry tries to navigate through a crisis that hoteliers have described as bigger than Covid for their industry.

Speaking to RedFM News, Neil Grant says while they have business on their books at the moment he is concerned about the future:

“There were times during Covid where we reduced to five day operation. I don’t want to go there but if that’s the way that you safeguard 40 to 50 core staff is to restrict your hours then you would have to make that change. We’re not at that stage yet but we are very concerned about reaching it.”

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