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Hotel prices up 7pc in city tourist boom

THE increasing number of tourists to Dublin has led to a 7pc jump in the price of hotel rooms.

Figures from a survey show Dublin hoteliers enjoyed a modest boost last year, and that the average room price in the city stood at €96.

In 2012 the average room price was €90.

The news is being credited to the extremely successful government-led tourism initiative The Gathering, which helped to raise the overall numbers visiting.

EXTRAVAGANZA

Tourists from all parts of the globe, but especially the US, flocked to Dublin and took in events such as St Patrick's Day, the Heineken Cup final – which was an all-French affair – and the New Year's Eve College Green extravaganza.

The figures – based on the Hotels Price Index (HPI) study from website Hotels.com – also showed there was an increase of the average hotel room price nationally, which was up 4pc overall.

While Dublin experienced the highest rise, the southern half of the country enjoyed increases, and Killarney remained the most expensive place to stay nationwide.

Hotel rooms there were up for grabs for an average of €106 a night last year, a 4pc increase on 2012.

Limerick remains Ireland's most affordable destination, with rooms available for an average of €68 a night last year – a 2pc increase on the year before.

Bruce Springsteen's two nights at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny led to a 2pc increase in visitors to the city, where the average hotel room was priced at €97.

However, it was not good news across the entire island – the HPI report shows that the average price of hotel rooms in Belfast and Derry took a dip of 2pc and 4pc in 2013 despite the fact that the latter was the UK City of Culture.

Galway, which is popular with party-goers year-round – also saw the average room prices suffer a decrease of an average of 4pc. Rooms were on offer there for €96 a night.

SIGNIFICANT

"Last year was a very significant year for Irish tourism, with increased visitor numbers to Ireland from important international markets such as the USA, Canada, Germany and France," said Oliver Garner from Hotels.com.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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