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Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Hotels

This year
Tourist season set to take 1,300 beds from system housing refugees
A report by
Christina Finn
Pod-style modular homes which will be delivered in a shorter time frame, but may not last as long, are being considered.
Last year
# Céad Míle Fáilte
Irish tourism hasn't returned to pre-pandemic levels
The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation has estimated that a full recovery to 2019 levels won’t happen until 2026.
# Planning
Planning to be lodged for 245-bedroom nine storey hotel at Arnotts in Dublin
The plans are set to be submitted in the coming days.
# unanswered prayers
Hostel beds cost hundreds as accommodation prices spike during Garth Brooks gigs
Not going down ’til the Sun comes up might be the only affordable option when Garth comes to town.
# Last Orders
Beer garden off O'Connell Street used by three pubs faces closure due to hotel development
The beer garden, shared by Fibber Magee’s, The Living Room and Murray’s, has been described as a ‘unique cultural centre’.
# Prices
Hotels group says 'commentary' misses how supply problems are causing cost increases
The Irish Hotels Federation body was before the Oireacthas Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts Sport and Media today.
# Ukraine
Eight sites identified for modular homes to house Ukrainian refugees
Student accommodation will no longer be available for refugees at the end of the summer.
# Hatch Hall
Ashford Castle owners secure planning permission for 60-bedroom hotel in Dublin city centre
The appeals board has now granted planning permission after the plan was put on hold last year.
# cobblestone
Developers scale back plans for hotel over Cobblestone pub in Dublin
The developers say the plans will ensure that the pub’s important cultural offering will be maintained.
All time
# the cobblestone
Proposed hotel at site of Dublin's Cobblestone pub refused planning permission
The pub itself is a protected structure, and according to the planning application, it would be retained as part of any development.
# Last Orders
Department clarifies that hotel bars must close at midnight - even for wedding guests
All activities associated with bars must cease at midnight, a spokesperson said.
# Heritage
Protest in Dublin over planned developments at Cobblestone pub and Merchant's Arch
There has been sustained criticism of the two separate proposed developments over the past week.
# Planning
Green light for Conrad to transform into 'world class, five star hotel'
Archer Hotel Capital has secured permission for an eight storey extension.
# Dublin City Council
An Bord Pleanála issues rebuke to city council's 'too many hotels' claim
This follows the appeals board giving the green light to Ringline Investments for a nine storey hotel.
# summer 2021
Hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses can reopen from today
Indoor dining and leisure facilities at hotels are also permitted to reopen for guests.
# nine euro meal
Government likely to scrap €9 rule as minister says outdoors makes it safe 'not whether you eat chicken nuggets'
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said it was a ‘false kind of division’.
# Covid-19
Stephen Donnelly says capping arrivals from states on hotel quarantine list 'possible' in future
Several more countries were added to the list last week.
# mandatory quarantine hotel
Mandatory quarantine hotels concerns: 'There’s nothing to stop someone from opening their door and walking out'
Earlier this week, three women absconded from the Crowne Plaza near Dublin Airport.
# Hospitality
Hotels, restaurants and cafes to get funding to upgrade premises for outdoor dining
On-street dining similar to that found in other European cities to be facilitated in urban areas, towns and villages.
# Indemnity
State to indemnify hotels used for mandatory quarantine against legal action
They will still be liable for normal personal injuries claims.
# Your Say
Poll: Should over-65s get hotel or food voucher after they receive Covid-19 vaccine?
A Fianna Fáil TD is calling for this.
# level 5
Summer bookings at 'historic low', hotels say
The hotels industry is calling for more supports from the government while they remain shut.
# big day
Hoteliers suggest guest limit for weddings based on size of venue
The Irish Hotels Federation said this could allow social distancing to take place.
# Housing
Council refuses planning permission for hotel on Capel Street, says there are 'too many' hotels in Dublin
It is believed to be the first time council planners have cited concerns about the growing number of hotels as a reason to refuse planning permission.
# Cabinet Meeting
Phased lifting of Level 5: Inter-county travel could open up a few days before Christmas
Shops, gyms, and hairdressers are due to open up next week.
# Covid-19
'Dramatic collapse' in bookings puts 100,000 jobs at risk, Irish Hotels Federation says
Room occupancy levels are down over 70% for the remainder of the year.
# stay and spend
Taoiseach says hospitality sector was among worst affected by Covid as he launches tax credit scheme
A new scheme will provide a maximum of €125 in income tax credits to taxpayers who spend up to €625 in the hospitality sector.
# empty rooms
'Nothing short of disastrous': Hoteliers say their futures are bleak as revenues plummet due to Covid
The average room occupancy stood at 42% for July.
# Coronavirus
Hotels expect occupancy levels to fall by 40% this year - with room rates also taking a hit
Dublin hotels expect to be worse hit and nationally, many hoteliers say the hit to the sector will last for 18 months.
# Tourism
'We've had a slew of bookings since Friday': Hoteliers' plans to reopen in the Covid-19 era
Hoteliers have asked for clarity on small weddings, and live music events this summer.
# new service
Physically distanced dancing and no menus - how a re-opened hospitality sector might look
New guidance was published by Fáilte Ireland.
# Hotels
Plans for new hotel on the Liffey's quays in Dublin opposed with claims it will destroy views along the river
The developers paid €3.3 million to acquire the property last year.
# reopening
Hotels in Northern Ireland to reopen from 20 July, economy minister says
The 20 July date covers guesthouses, guest accommodation, B&Bs, hotels and hostels.
# Liberties
New Premier Inn hotel to be built in Newmarket Square area of Dublin's Liberties
This particular hotel will have 151 bedrooms.
# Fáilte Ireland
Dublin 'desperately needs' more hotels, says tourism body chief
The CEO of Fáilte Ireland also warned that Brexit was proving a challenge to Irish tourism.
# Dublin Hotels
New 116-room eight-storey hotel on Dublin quays given planning permission
The hotel site is adjacent to one of Dublin’s best known pubs, Mulligans.
# tourism and transport
Dublin hoteliers' sales took a hit during one of the summer's busiest months
Pundits say there is a silver lining on the horizon, though not everyone’s convinced yet.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Dublin go high-rise?
Is it possible, and if so, is the right thing to do?
# direct provision
'Difficulty accessing services': Complaints from asylum seekers living in hotels raised with Ombudsman
There are now 777 people living in emergency set-ups in 25 counties around Ireland.
# cut down the waste
Rock says hotels should be banned from providing mini toiletries in plastic bottles
The Fine Gael TD said such a move would show Ireland is a European leader in driving this kind of change.