Tuesday, September 10 11:35:09
Hotel room rates in Ireland continued to show signs of recovery in the first six months of 2013, according to the latest Hotels.com price Index. The average hotel price in Ireland was E92 per night in the first half of the year, an increase of 2pc compared to the same period last year.
The modest increase in Irish hotel prices can be attributed to a number of events happening in the country this year including 'The Gathering', which has been heavily promoted by Tourism Ireland around the world.
The Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI) is a regular survey of hotel prices in major destinations across the world. The HPI is based on bookings made on Hotels.com and prices shown are those actually paid by customers around the world (rather than advertised rates) in the first half of 2013.
Dublin hotel rates rose 2pc in the first half of 2013 bringing the average room rate to E93 per night, E1 above the national average. As well as hosting the EU Presidency in the first half of the year, Dublin has benefited from the return of the conferencing and events sector which has helped increase demand and boost occupancy.
Dublin also offered exceptional value for eurozone visitors. The average room rate for in the capital compared favourably to other major European cities such as Rome (E113), Vienna (E97) and Amsterdam (E124).
There is an increase in the average price in a number of places outside of the capital, with Killarney seeing prices rise 5pc in the first six months of 2013 bringing the average room rate to E107 per night.
Cork saw a similar increase at 4pc, while Limerick and Sligo saw hotel prices stay the same. Galway renowned for it's nightlife and racing festival saw prices drop by an average of 4pc, but it was Kilkenny that fared the worst with a drop of 4pc.