• Cyril McAree

Fáilte Ireland Publishes Report On Accommodation Capacity in Dublin

Fáilte Ireland today published its Analysis of Visitor Accommodation in Dublin 2015-20 report regarding the future pipeline of Dublin Hotel accommodation. Carried out by Fitzpatrick Associates, the report indicates that 5,382 rooms are due to come on-stream between now and 2020 with the current supply side pressures due to significantly ease by 2019.

The report presents the most up-to-date projections of additional hotel capacity anticipated to come on-stream in Dublin (up to 2020) and breaks the anticipated new rooms as 3,444 (64%) accounted for in new hotels with a further 1,938 (36%) in existing hotel extensions. Most of the new rooms will be located in Dublin 1, 2 and 4.

Speaking today, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Research, Caeman Wall said: “Despite the over 50% growth in tourist arrival into Dublin and significant growth in corporate travel since 2010, the stock of tourist accommodation is largely unchanged to date. With further visitor growth anticipated and the importance of Dublin as a gateway to the rest of Ireland, Dublin’s shortage of tourism accommodation is one of the biggest challenges facing the continuing growth of Irish tourism.“

The hotel rooms identified that are due to come on stream in today’s report represent private sector investment worth €800m or more based on current market valuations and are very welcome. We need do whatever we can to help ensure the current pipeline of development is delivered in full as quickly as possible. This extra capacity will not only increase availability but also significantly help moderate price increases. “The research is saying that supply will improve by 2019. However, we face ongoing pressures until they arrive and it is critical that the hotel industry keep a watchful eye on competitiveness. If we damage our overall value for money perception with international visitors and buyers, we will create a problem that will take a long time to fix.”

The full report can be accessed here; [LINK].

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