Hotels Rates Spike Up To 400% For Ed Sheeran's Irish Gigs
Hotel room rates in Irish cities on the nights Ed Sheeran is in town to perform next summer are anywhere between 200% to 400% higher than other nights in the same week, according to reports.
Sheeran will play in Cork, Galway, Belfast, and Dublin in May 2018 as part of his European stadium tour.
The Irish Examiner reports that within hours of the gigs being announced, hotels were accused of profiteering after it emerged room rates on the nights of two of his gigs were between 200% and 400% higher than previous nights’ rates.
It added that the Burlington Hotel’s best available room-only rate on 15 May, was available on its website for €199, however when Sheeran plays the next day, the rate is €399, while the price drops to €199 for 17 May, but again hits €399 for Sheeran's 18 May second Dublin gig.
Meanwhile, in Cork, the room rates have spiked even more drastically. The Irish Examiner states the "Rochestown Park Hotel was advertising a single room rate of €80.10 online yesterday for May 3, 2018. The room is €341 the next day, when Sheeran opens his tour in Cork".
The hotel's sales and marketing manager, Diarmuid Vaughan, said the higher rate has nothing to do with the concerts and is linked to the number of rooms left to sell.