Low Occupancy Levels Forecast For Dublin City Hotels For Summer
Average occupancy levels of approximately 13% have been forecast for Dublin city hotels for the summer, based on current bookings.
As reported by The Irish Times, figures circulated within the industry by data research company STR reveal the lack of bookings in the capital, indicating that early last week less than a quarter of hotel rooms among a sample of over 40 Dublin city hotels were due to be occupied last weekend.
The forecast for Dublin city hotels in the first paragraph above reportedly contrasts with hotels in many other areas of Ireland, which have experienced an increase in bookings since hotels were permitted to reopen on June 2.
New Rules For Travellers From The UK
Dublin hotels were reportedly depending on travellers from the UK to boost bookings in the coming months. However, last week, the government announced new self-isolation rules for individuals who travel to Ireland from the UK due to increasing concerns about the Delta variant of COVID-19.
The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) reportedly said that the new rules for travellers from the UK are a "blow" for Dublin city's hotels.
The Irish Times quotes the IHF as saying that the new rules for UK travellers have come "at a time when Dublin hotels already have occupancy levels at historic lows", and that "it is a very worrying development, particularly given the growing level of demand in recent weeks for travel to Ireland from our nearest neighbour."
July And August Bookings
There is reportedly no sign of an increase in business for Dublin city hotels when schools close, with less than 10% of hotel rooms in the city being booked on most days in July, and the percentage of hotel rooms booked in the capital in July reportedly rises to the mid to late teens on Friday and Saturday nights.
While there is reportedly a marginal increase in bookings in August, Dublin city hotels are reportedly less than 20% booked for most weekend nights that month, and average bookings are reportedly 13% over the next one to three months.
According to The Irish Times, the general manager of Buswells Hotel on Dublin's Molesworth Street, Paul Gallagher, said that five-star hotels will perform better than other hotels as domestic tourists treat themselves to luxury nights away, and Dublin hotels are burning cash by rehiring employees that they do not currently need to avoid staff shortages after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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