Ballygarry Banquet Upgrade

Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa in Kerry, has invested €250,000 in a major refurbishment project that has seen The Monarch Suite completely transformed.
 banquetThe Monarch Suite, which caters for weddings ranging from 50 – 380 guests, has undergone a complete makeover, with the room refurbished. . A major factor in the decision to upgrade was the improved  wedding trade seen by the hotel in recent times, with all weekend dates for 2015 almost fully booked.
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Hotel Rate Rise Again

The cost of staying in an Irish hotel climbed by 10 per cent, or more than 10 times the rate of general inflation last year, according to a 


new survey.
The average price of a hotel room in 2014 was €103 in the Hotel Price Index (HPI), with the most expensive rooms in Killarney. The greatest price increase was recorded in Dublin .
However, the steep increases reported were rejected by the Irish Hotel Federation (IHF) which claimed the figures were based on a small market sample. It has put the increase last year at just over 5 per cent.
 The hotel booking website stood over its figures and said they were based on bookings made on its site with the prices being those actually paid by customers rather than advertised rates.
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Prince Turns K Club Sod



 The Prince of Monaco was in Dublin at the weekend to turn the sod on a new €20m extension of the K Club resort in Straffan, Co Kildare.
The Michael Smurfit-owned hotel and golf courses is undergoing a major refurbishment that will see 70 deluxe bedrooms being built to the west side of the hotel.
A new 'Media Puzzle Bar' is also due to open in May while a new conference centre is also being developed in the east wing of the  resort. 

Dublin Rates Rise to Continue

Hotel room rates in Dublin will return to their 2007 peak of €109 a night next year on the back of growing demand and a lack of new supply, PwC claims in a new report


.a report published today predicts.
PwC’s yearly European Hotel Forecast shows that, in 2014, guests paid an average of €95 for a room. This year they can expect to be charged €102. If the rate climbs to €109 next year, costs will have risen by almost 15 per cent between 2014 and 2016.
The average revenue hotels earn from each room is also on the rise. Last year, it was €75, this year the consultants expect it to be €81 and it is set to rise to €88 in 2016. The figure was just €57 in 2011. Dublin will have the highest revenue growth rates in Europe in 2015 and 2016, say PwC..

New Brand from Dalata

 Dalata hotel group will launch a new hotel brand in the coming monthsd, aimed at the corporate sector.


The group, which already employs more than 3,000 people, will also create several hundred new jobs.
 Having acquired the Moran Bewley’s Group for €455m in December, Dalata now has 27 owned or leased hotels 13 of which are to be packaged under a new  brand.
 “We’ve been working on the new brand now for a number of months. The Maldron would be by and large a leisure brand whereas the new brand will be much more corporate,” said Dalata chief executive Pat McCann.


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