THE IRISH HOTELS Federation has denied that its members raise prices to prey on those wishing to attend events.
A survey by the price comparison site Trivago said that hotel prices in Cork and Donegal had risen by 15% and 25%, respectively, as the counties hosted weekend sporting events.
In Cork, the Irish Open in Fota and the Donegal Rally were attributed to the rises. In Cork, it meant that the average price of a hotel was €138 a night.
A Trivago spokesperson added that prices in Dublin were up 16% on last year. This despite average prices dropping across Europe.
That, however was rejected by the IHF.
“The survey is based solely on the prices for rooms found on Trivago and does not reflect the broad range of rates actually available across the total market. There is excellent value on offer by hotels and guesthouses in Dublin and indeed across the entire country. We recommend that people should shop around and not rely on just one source when comparing accommodation prices.”
The IHF says that with over 60,000 rooms in hotels and guesthouses throughout the country and 15,000 in Dublin alone, “there is tremendous value on offer”.
“For big events, particularly in the peak tourism season, people should book early to get the best rates available as hotels, like businesses the world over, are affected by additional demand.”