Tourist Traffic Act 1939

Restriction on describing premises as a guest house.


34.(1) It shall not be lawful for the proprietor of any premises to describe or hold out or permit any person to describe or hold out such premises as a guest house unless such premises are registered in the register of guest houses and such proprietor is registered in that register as the registered proprietor of such premises.

(2) Any person who acts in contravention of this section shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to F36[a fine not exceeding £500 together with, in the case of a continuing offence, a further fine (not exceeding £300 in all) not exceeding £20 for every day during which the offence is continued.]

(3) This section shall come into operation on such day as may be appointed in that behalf by order of the Minister.




Substituted (15.11.1983) by Tourist Traffic Act 1983(31/1983), s. 3 item 4, commenced on enactment.

Modifications (not altering text):


Application of section extended (15.11.1983) by Tourist Traffic Act 1983 (31/1983), s. 4, commenced on enactment.

Prohibition by Circuit Court of unauthorised use of titles protected by Tourist Traffic Acts, 1939 to 1983.

4.—(1) Where a person is acting in contravention of section 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 37A, 37B, 37C or 37D of the Principal Act (as amended), the Court may, on the application of the Board, by order prohibit the continuance of the contravention.


Definition of “proprietor” extended (3.07.1952) by Tourist Traffic Act 1952 (15/1952), s. 31, commenced on enactment.

Extension of sections 33 to 37 of Act of 1939 to occupiers.

31.—The word “proprietor” shall, wherever it occurs (except as part of the expression “registered proprietor”) in sections 33 to 37 of the Act of 1939, be construed as including “occupier”.


Editorial Notes:


Power pursuant to section exercised (1.04.1944) by Tourist Traffic Act, 1939 (Commencement of Sections 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37) Order 1944 (S.I. No. 52 of 1944).

2. The 1st day of April, 1944, is hereby appointed to be the day on which Sections 33 , 34, 35, 36 and 37 of the Tourist Traffic Act, 1939 (No. 24 of 1939), shall come into operation.


Previous affecting provision: subs. (2) amended (17.12.1957) by Tourist Traffic Act 1957 (27/1957), s. 10(2), commenced on enactment, substituted as per F-note above.