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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.
Our membership fees are currently suspended until at least September, so there is no cost to join and no commitment required to remain as a member after the fees are re-introduced. The fees (based on number of properties start at €100 per year capped at €500) include listing on the new portal for self-catering properties being launched in mid July 2020 to ensure all self-catering properties are easily found on your own website.
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.
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 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.
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