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Dalata drives further UK expansion with opening of £50m Bristol hotel


Dalata CEO Dermot Crowley. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Dalata CEO Dermot Crowley. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Dalata CEO Dermot Crowley. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Ireland’s largest hotel group, Dalata is growing rapidly in the UK, with the official opening of its first hotel in Bristol.

Clayton Hotel Bristol City is located in the centre of Bristol city and marks the Group's 17th hotel in the United Kingdom.

The Group currently operates 11 Clayton hotels and six Maldron hotels across the UK.

This is a significant year for Dalata's UK growth plan, with the opening of four new hotels, and  a current pipeline of over 1,100 rooms in prime locations, making it one of the fastest growing hotel groups in the UK.

In addition to Clayton Hotel Bristol City, the first quarter saw the opening of both a Clayton and a Maldron hotel in Manchester and later this year will see the opening of a Clayton hotel in Glasgow.

Post-2022, Dalata has a further pipeline of new hotel openings across the UK, which includes hotels in London, Brighton, Liverpool and Manchester.

The group's current growth plans will see Dalata increase its UK footprint by 65pc between the start of 2022 and 2024, bringing its UK room total to over 5,000 rooms.

Dalata employs more than 1,200 people across the region. The group's ambitious UK expansion plan will see it employ just under 1,400 people by 2024.

Adding 80 jobs locally, the new four-star hotel is close to Bristol's commercial centre and within walking distance of the main shopping and leisure districts.

The new hotel represents a £50 million investment, converting the former Edward Everard's Printing Works on Broad Street in Bristol's city centre.

The decision to refurbish the existing building, rather than demolish and build anew is estimated to have saved 2,084 tonnes of CO2 emissions. These carbon savings are equivalent to the CO2 emitted in powering 264 homes in one year.

"The opening of the Clayton Hotel Bristol City is a further demonstration of our Group's ambition to grow our presence in the UK market,” said Dalata group chief executive Dermot Crowley.

"It is a fabulous property in one of the UK's most popular destination cities. We are confident of the continued recovery in the hospitality sector and look forward to investing in other targeted UK locations throughout 2022 and beyond.

Our greatest asset continues to be our engaged people, in Ireland, the UK and Germany, and we are proud that we are generating significant new employment in the market.”

The Irish-listed company reported a loss before tax of €11.4m in 2021, down from a loss of €111.5m the prior year, according to annual results. In 2019 Dalata reported a profit of €89.7m.

Revenue last year increased to €192m from €136.8m in 2020, and was at 45pc of 2019 levels.

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