Invitation to self -catering owners and marketing agencies
In light of the devastating impact of the Covid-19 crisis, we are inviting Self-Catering property owners and marketing agencies to join Ireland’s national governing body for the sector to keep up to date with the recovery strategy and current plans as they unfold. The ISCF is part of the Covid -19 Failte Ireland Tourism Recovery Group; a member of ITIC and the European Holiday Homes Association. Our involvement with all these related groups means we are heard as the voice of the owner/manager/marketeer who is involved in one of the largest accommodation sectors in Ireland. Already it is clear that self-catering will lead the way initially as the accommodation choice for domestic visitors post the pandemic and demand from overseas for 2021 are encouraging.
The New Fee Structure for members came into place in April 2021. The fees are based on number of properties you own or manage, start at €149 per year capped at €650). For 1 to 3 properties at a rate of €149, for 4- 10 properties €300, 11-25 properties €450, 26-50 properties at €650. Group scheme managers contact the office for full details.
The new members portal LetsgoSelfCatering.ie will offer a listing for self-catering properties being launched in Summer 2021. This will allow all self-catering properties in an area to be be easily found and linked to your own website or booking system.
Never before has it been so important to be a unified group of accommodation providers – it doesn’t matter how you market your properties, it is vital for the sector that when the ISCF is asked for members’ views that yours is included. At every step of negotiation and lobbying your voice will be heard. There is strength in numbers.
Please complete the brief form below to link with over 5000 properties who have been involved in self catering for decades – individual owners, groups schemes and marketing agencies.
Re-Opening of the sector
We are involved with Failte Ireland and the HSE on protocols and guidelines for re-opening, to give reassurance to staff and guests. We put forward the views of members with regard to possible earlier re-opening, 14-day quarantine and the need for a Pan European approach regarding travel. ISCF membership number will allow you to apply for the Covid-19 Saferty Certificate for Self-Catering and organised by Failte Ireland. A Safety Charter badge will be given forwarded to list on your website.
The ISCF is a member of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation www.itic.ie who have put together a strategy for a recovery of the Tourism sector. Their Chairperson Ruth Andrews has been appointed Chair of the Tourism Task Force. The ISCF sits on the Tourism and Hospitality Forum representing the industry.
The ISCF is a member of the European Holiday Homes Association EHHA. https://ehha.eu/ This keeps us informed of European holiday homes issues, legislation and is most important now seeking a pan European approach to travel and restrictions.
BI- montly Newsletter on the Indstry Changes, regulations and up to date information on meeting with Government and other agencies.
The ISCF commissioned a new Sectoral Report on self-catering in 2019 supported by HomeAway and Failte Ireland – click on image for full report.
Each sector of the tourism industry is promoting Ireland to the domestic market. We believe self-catering is the key to starting the movement of tourism particularly in rural areas. We know from our links to the European and US agencies that demand for 2021 is for self-catering accommodation above all others. We are active on social media and plan a members’ forum and Facebook campaigns with a reach of 12,000.
We manage a listing website for members who accept bookings directly from customers, therefore keeping all details of their customers in own data base. The ISCF has commissioned a total re-branding and relaunching in July 2020 of this website. All members and agencies can list their properties there, under specific categories which will be the main repository for self-catering accommodation in Ireland. Current website is www.letsgoselfcatering.com
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