This year’s earnings at Dalata, Ireland’s largest hotel operator, will be “in line with market expectations…despite tougher than anticipated market conditions in Dublin in the second half of the year.”
The group, whose brands include the Maldron hotel chain, said revenue per available room in Dublin is down 3.2pc for the 11 months to 30 November, compared to a decline of 1.4pc for the first half of the year.
The Dublin market continued to be impacted by the VAT increase, the additional supply of hotel rooms and a reduction in the number of events in October and November, Dalata said in a trading update.
The performance of the company’s regional Ireland portfolio in the second half of the year was similar to the first half of the year. Like-for-like revenue per available room for the portfolio decreased by 0.7pc for the 11 month period.
Meanwhile, in the UK, the portfolio hotels “continued to perform very strongly,” with revenue per room increasing by 3pc.
“Our UK regional city hotels are performing particularly well and all outperformed their city markets in terms of revenue per available room change versus 2018,” Dalata said.
Despite the “softer” market conditions in Ireland, the company said that effective cost control together with the positive impact of its hotels opened or extended during 2018 and early this year has ensured that group earnings will be “in line with market expectations” for the year.