Hotels in certain parts of the country are beginning to see an increase in bookings for July and August, according to the latest survey from the Irish Hotels Federation.

This follows the Government's recent announcement that it will look at the reopening of hotels and guesthouses in June.

Booking levels are averaging at 23% for July and 21% for August, according to the survey.

Tim Fenn, Chief Executive of the IHF said there is still a long way to go before hotel occupancy reaches last summer's level.

"Recovery will be a challenge for the hotel sector this year, requiring continued Government support through to 2022, when the tourism industry should start to recover in earnest," he said.

Mr Fenn said they expect booking levels to continue to rise over the coming weeks.

"Not surprisingly, as indicated by our latest survey, we would expect to see stronger demand in coastal areas, popular tourism destinations and hotels offering packages and facilities for families.

"We are seeing an uplift in traditional holiday destinations such as Cork, Kerry and Wexford," he said.

Mr Fenn said the IHF is encouraging people to explore all parts across the country, when restrictions are lifted.