Hotel offers tourists fuel subsidy

The owner of a hotel in Ireland has decided to pay guests a petrol subsidy in a bid to offset the soaring cost of fuel.

Paul Gill, of Claregalway Hotel in Co Galway said he has taken the action to try and secure business because the Irish government has failed to support the tourism industry hit by the hike in prices.

He is offering a three-night "refuel package" starting from 199 euro including meals, with a 50-euro fuel voucher for one of the local petrol stations thrown in.

"The reality is that rising fuel costs are having a serious effect on the home holidaymaker's market," Mr Gill said.

"Many holidaymakers feel that it is more cost effective to fly to Spain or Portugal on a cheap package deal, than to holiday at home, where petrol costs are now hitting 1.40 euro a litre.

"Given the current economic down-turn, the Government should be supporting our traditionally consistent industries such as tourism."

The 38-year-old, who has been operating the hotel since 2004 and is also chairman of the Galway branch of the Irish Hotels Federation, said the package pays the difference in the cost of fuel from last year to now for a three-day visit to the area.

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