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Sunday 18 August 2019

Hoteliers insist their prices were fair for event

Peter Flanagan

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has rejected claims that the price of a room in Dublin for the Web Summit was nearly €200, and maintained the real price was less than €150.

A day after the IHF slated the Web Summit for maintaining that hotel prices were too expensive for the event, the federation found itself under fire when travel website Trivago said average hotel prices in Dublin hit €190 this week - about 43pc more expensive than the same rooms for the week after the Web Summit.

Trivago claimed hotel prices in Dublin "are averaging €145 so far this year from January to November. This is 25pc higher than Lisbon, which is average €116 for the year, so far," it said.

The next Web Summit will take place in Lisbon in 12 months' time.

Responding to the Trivago claim, the IHF said the "average room rate for hotel rooms during [the event] was €146, peaking at €155 on Wednesday".

"These figures are based on actual bookings made for over 15,000 bedrooms in Dublin, many of which were booked months in advance.

"This represents excellent value for a major international event of this scale in a European capital, at a time when Dublin was almost fully booked.

"The IHF also notes that, year to date, the average room rate in Dublin is €112 and the average occupancy rate is 84pc," the federation added.

The group went on to say that the price claims made by Trivago "are not representative of the city".

Irish Independent

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