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Hoteliers more upbeat after visits by queen and Obama

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Published 20/06/2011 | 05:00

Recent visits to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth and US President Barack Obama have helped lift the mood of the hotel industry.

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Irish hoteliers are cautiously optimistic about the future, according to the latest quarterly barometer of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF). More than half of those surveyed reported an increase in overall business levels compared with the same period last year.

The survey revealed that 64pc of respondents were hopeful about the viability of their businesses over the next 12 months.

The results also indicate that business levels are up in the domestic market, with 46pc of respondents seeing an increase in business from the island of Ireland.

When asked about the two visits, 94pc of hoteliers felt the visit by Queen Elizabeth had had a positive impact for Irish tourism with 83pc saying they expected to see an increase in visitor numbers. A similar sentiment was expressed for Mr Obama's visit with 92pc saying it had a positive impact and 77pc saying they expected an increase in visitor numbers.

The IHF said it expected to see the full benefits of the high-profile visits feed through to increased visitor numbers in the medium to long term.

Irish Independent

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