Donegal based B&B body predicts better times ahead

A new body representing the Bed and Breakfast sector is predicting a more positive year in 2010, with a new marketting drive and grading system being introduced, and the economic outlook improving in key markets abroad.

Ballyshannon based B&B Ireland, which encompasses the old Town and Country Homes and Irish Farmhouse associations, says online bookings actually rose slightly last year, and indications are that advance bookings this month are well up on January 2009.

B&B Ireland Chairperson Margaret Cahill says with over 60% of B&B owners in the new organisation, they are well placed to rerspond to the market upturn.