Tourism body begins crackdown on ‘unregistered hotels’

Failte Ireland is cracking down on properties being advertised as hotels without being registered with the tourism body, The Times reports.

Regulations introduced with effect from 1 January 2017 make it an offence for any premises to advertise itself as a hotel without being registered with Failte Ireland and meeting its criteria.

Law firm ByrneWallace, acting for Failte Ireland, has written to several businesses warning them to register or face enforcement action.

The first legal action against an unregistered hotel was launched last week, the tourism body confirmed, but the hotel has not been named.