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Nov, 2010

Guesthouses and B&Bs will be rated in the same way as hotels from next month, when stars will be given as part of a new classification system, The Sunday Business Post reports.

The system is part of Fáilte Ireland’s development programme for revitalising the sector, which has suffered from falling numbers of willing operators and negative consumer sentiment in recent years as competition from budget hotels took a heavy toll.

Tracey Coughlan, Fáilte Ireland’s manager of sector liaison and planning, said the aim was to help the sector regain its once strong position within Irish tourism. She admitted there had been problems with the present system that had caused consumers to “lose confidence in the product”.

“There’s such a varying degree of quality of the accommodation that the system is very much needed,” she said. “There’s no consistency of product at the moment, but this is a new quality assurance scheme.”

The country’s 3,040 guesthouses will now be ranked between two and five stars.

The article doesn’t say if there will be bonus points for holy pictures over the bed, ‘70s wallpaper, smelly carpets, damp and/or nosey landladies!

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