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Friday 17 August 2018

Hotel shortage hits the capital

TOURISM

Dublin needs to build as many as 30 additional hotels between now and 2020 to handle the expected growth in tourism and business travel, according to the head of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation.

The capital needs as many as 5,000 additional bedrooms - equal to between 20 and 30 large new hotels, according to Eamonn McKeon, chief executive of the ITIC, the representative body for the tourism industry.

Mr McKeon said some of those hotels are in places visitors don't want to be.

"Tourists want to be in the city centre. The scarcity is in the central Dublin 1, 2 and 4 areas. People who have travelled want to be able to walk," he said.

Dublin hotels are now as busy as in the boom, but charging 22pc less.

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