Dublin’s hospitality industry, but more specially their hotel offerings, has come under attack by a leading accountancy firm for not having enough vacant hotels.
This criticism was brought to light after Tourism Ireland launched its plans to boost tourism in the capital.
Niall Gibbons, the tourism agency chief executive said the 7.9 million visitors this year was a record but now they are to attract 8.2 million next year.
Crowe Horwath said occupancy rates of up to 80% already indicates that the lack of available accommodation will act as a barrier in Tourism Ireland’s plans to develop the economy.
Next year Tourism Ireland will launch their Wild Atlantic Way ad abroad, as well as pushing a campaign around ‘Dublin – A Breath of Fresh Air’. But Aiden Murphy, partner at Crowe Horwath, said the occupancy levels means that Dublin hotels are already effectively full and the limited availability will likely damage the plan for economic growth.