Staycation hopes as Dublin hotels see spike in bookings during summer months

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There is hope for a summer of staycations after all as Dublin hotels have seen a spike in tourist bookings during summer months.

The latest industry survey from the Irish Hotels Federation shows signs that hotels will be busy if open in July and August.

This follows the Government’s recent announcement that it will look to the reopen hospitality sector for holidaymakers from June onwards.

Dublin City and County is seeing an 11% in bookings for July, 12% for August and a 15% increase for September.

IHF chief executive, Tim Fenn is encouraging people to plan their holidays now as positive developments around the vaccine rollout continue to grow.

Mr Fenn said: “There is still a long way to go before hotel occupancy reaches even last summer’s levels.

“Recovery will be a challenge for the hotel sector this year, requiring continued Government support through to 2022, when the tourism industry should start to recover in earnest.”

“Staycations were a real positive last summer, and we expect booking levels to continue to rise over the coming weeks.

“We would expect to see stronger demand in coastal areas, popular tourism destinations and hotels offering packages and facilities for families.

“We are seeing an uplift in traditional holiday destinations such as Cork, Kerry and Wexford.

“However, we would encourage people to explore all parts across the country, as they did last year. There is excellent value available.”

Howth harbour
Howth harbour (Image: Getty)

Meanwhile, vouchers for pubs, hotels and restaurants given to every home in the country could be part of the solution to save our pubs and hospitality this year.

TDs from the Government and opposition were united in backing a new household voucher system 2021 to replace the Government’s failed Stay and Spend scheme.

The Oireachtas tourism committee hosted representatives from the hospitality industry yesterday who told politicians of the annihilation their industry has suffered during COVID.

Noel Anderson, chairman of the LVA (Licensed Vintners’ Association) and general manager of the Bridge Bar in Dublin, said the past year has been “soul-destroying” for his sector.

Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) chief executive, Adrian Cummins, said: “Hospitality Businesses are on the brink of collapse, 50% of restaurants face permanent closure, we need a plan for reopening.

“We need a plan to re-employ staff, and above all, our industry needs hope.”

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Source: Dublin News