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Rescue package plea

The British Hospitality Association wants the Government to make up the shortfall in its financial rescue package for tourism that will be clawed back in VAT.

It emerged last week that £2.5m of the £14.2m offered to boost the flagging fortunes of the tourist industry in the wake of foot-and-mouth would be reclaimed by the Treasury as VAT.

BHA chief executive Bob Cotton said the Government should offer same degree of transparency as the advertising of hotel and restaurant prices, which must indicate whether they include VAT.

Swan takes flight

The White Swan hotel in Middleham, Yorkshire, has been sold through agent Robert Barry & Co for just under £365,000. The new owner of the 12-bedroom inn is Paul Klein, who already has the Blue Lion in nearby East Witton.

Talbot’s new owners

The Talbot Inn at Berwick St John, near Shaftesbury, Dorset, has been sold for nearly £295,000. The new owners of the pub are Chris and June Eason. Robert Barry & Co was the agent.

St Helen’s accolade

Radisson SAS Hotels has named St Helen’s in Dublin as its Hotel of the Year 2000.

The 151-bedroom property was selected from more than 140 Radisson SAS hotels worldwide, which were judged on financial performance and operational improvements.

Company president and chief executive Kurt Ritter presented the award to St Helen’s general manager Suzanne Hazenberg.

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