Business travellers give boost to hotel industry
BUSINESS travellers are leading to a mini boom for the hotel industry in the country's biggest cities with visitors drawn by events, conferences and improved infrastructure, says the Irish Hotel Federation (IHF) which estimates that bookings are already up for the first six months of this year by 4pc taking us to 15pc growth since mid 2010.
"While 'staycations' continue to be an important component of hotel growth in the city markets, it is business travel that is really driving the resurgence in hotel business in our cities," says Michael Vaughan, president of the IHF.
"In particular the addition of the National Conference Centre has been invaluable in bringing new business to Dublin in particular. Cork, Galway and Limerick are also improving steadily at similar rates. However, bookings are still slow in rural Ireland where there has been very little improvement since the downturn, save in key locations like Killarney."
Mr Vaughan warned that reduced capacity on US flight routes was hitting the rural sector -- traditionally favoured by high-spending Americans.