Hoteliers call for 'Yes' to Lisbon

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) today launched its ‘Yes to Europe!’ campaign in support of the Lisbon Treaty to ensure Ireland remains fully engaged with the EU.

With almost 60,000 people employed by hotels, the Federation is calling on its 1,000 members to urge their employees to vote ‘Yes’ in recognition of the importance of an effective and efficient Europe to the hospitality sector.

With tourism revenues increasing to €6.5bn in 2007, the sector now represents 4% of Ireland’s Gross National Product (GNP).

According to Matthew Ryan, President of IHF, Ireland has established a tremendous level of goodwill within Europe and has long been regarded as a welcoming country for visitors and overseas workers.

Mr Ryan said: "No industry better represents what EU membership has done for Ireland than the hotels sector, which is staffed largely by Irish and EU citizens.

"The foundation of the Irish tourist brand is our people and our open, friendly and welcoming attitude. From a hospitality and tourism perspective, a resounding 'yes' to the Lisbon Treaty will confirm this reputation in the eyes of the other 26 member states."

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