Saturday 1 November 2014

Spencer hotel to tap into Dublin tourism increase

Published 06/07/2014 | 02:30

We're Open: Louis Walsh, Lisa Fitzpatrick and Paul Fitzpatrick at the opening of Paul's new hotel The Spencer at The IFSC, Dublin. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Dublin's latest hotel, The Spencer in the IFSC, will help ease the shortage of rooms in the capital as the tourism season cranks into top gear.

Louis Walsh was just one of the many celebrities who joined hoteliers Paul and Lisa Fitzpatrick at their reopening last week (pictured).

Recent CSO figures showed that the number of overseas vistors travelling to Ireland was up 9pc for the January to May period compared to the same time last year.

Dublin remains the key attraction for tourists visiting Ireland with six of the top 10 fee-charging attractions sited in the capital.

This was topped by The Guinness Storehouse which attracted close to 1.17 million visitors last year and Dublin Zoo which brought in almost 1.03 million admission paying visitors in 2013.

"It's good to see visitor numbers growing at so many of our key attractions, and it's further proof that Irish tourism is going from strength to strength," Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar said last month.

The tourism industry is on course to deliver 7.5 million visitors to Ireland this year. However, a shortage of hotel rooms in the capital is weighing on the hospitality sector, analysts have warned.

"Most overseas markets are increasing in line with signs of an improved economy in Ireland, Great Britain, Europe and North America. Both the domestic market and British market have shown good signs of recovery as the industry welcomes greater visitor volumes. Germany continues to show a recovery, as does France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand," Failte Ireland noted.

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