Dalata CEO Dismisses Assertion That Dublin Needs Hotel With 800-1,000 Rooms
Dalata CEO Pat McCann has dismissed Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly's assertion that Dublin city centre is in need of a large-scale hotel with 800-1,000 bedrooms to help attract business from companies that wish to hold conferences in a city where they can house all of their delegates in a single venue.
The Irish Times quotes McCann as saying, "What will happen with a large hotel like that is your occupancy will be at 100% today and zero tomorrow.
"It doesn’t work anywhere in the world. What you need is 500-600 bedroom hotels, which we have a number of – [Dalata has] two of them in Dublin, and they perform well because the model works."
Convention Centre Conversations
McCann added that he was in regular contact with the operators of Dublin's Convention Centre, to whom he said Dalata occasionally makes up to 1,000 bedrooms available across several hotels.
He asserted, "We would have regular conversations with them about how we can fit this into our business model, which works for them and works for us. But the idea that you’d have a single hotel geared for that is utter rubbish."
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