Dalata checks out of the Bewleys Hotel brand as it plots major investment
Hotel giant Dalata is to invest close to €27m in its hotels here, and rebrand the Bewleys hotels it took over earlier this year year.
The company, which owns 17 hotels in Ireland and leases or manages 29 others, bought nine hotels from the Moran hotel group in January.
Several of those operate under the Bewleys brand, but Dalata now plans to replace the Bewleys name with its Clayton Hotels brand.
Dalata operates two main brands - Clayton and Maldron Hotels.
After the rebranding, the Clayton name will cover the following hotels: Cricklewood and Chiswick in London; Silver Springs in Cork; Manchester Airport; Dublin Airport; Ballsbridge and Leopardstown in Dublin; Leeds; Cardiff Lane in Dublin; Galway; Belfast; Whites of Wexford; and Cardiff in Wales.
The changes will see Clayton become the biggest hotel brand in the country, which will offer some 1,900 rooms.
The €27m will be spent on refurbishing and upgrading the hotels as well as the masjor rebranding operation.
Company chief executive Pat McCann commented: "It's an exciting time for the Dalata team.
"Our strategy is to leverage the group's core asset management, hotel operation and development capabilities to grow the business. It is fantastic to see this coming to life with the launch and forthcoming roll out of Clayton Hotels here in Ireland," he added.
Shares in Dalata rose 1.3pc in Dublin to €3.70.
The stock has risen 25pc in the last 12 months after a listing in March 2014 that raised €50m.
The company is comfortably the biggest hotel operator in this country, and controls just under 7,500 rooms around the country.