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Grand Hibernian Luxury Train Takes In €1.7 million In First Three Months

By Dave Simpson

Ireland's first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian, accumulated $2 million (€1.7 million) in revenue during the three month period ending in June of this year.

The Irish Times reports that Belmond Ltd, the Bermuda-based firm that operates the Grand Hibernian, has released data that reveals its revenues in Ireland drove a $2.7 million (14%) increase in company turnover for the second quarter of 2017. The data also showed that seven-day tickets valued at €8,919 per adult are completely sold-out for six of the next seven weeks.

The Belmond Grand Hibernian began operating at the end of August last year, with its inaugural outing ferrying 40 passengers from Dublin's Heuston Station to Midleton in Cork before the train proceeded north along the west coast to Galway and on to Belfast. 2016 services concluded last October, with the train recommencing operations in April of this year. The last scheduled journey of 2017 will depart Dublin on October 20.

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