Seanad debates

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

3:10 pm

Photo of Terry BrennanTerry Brennan (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Dublin is hosting the Web Summit from today until 6 November. Dublin hotels and guest houses are hiking room rates, in some instances by up to 600%, in an effort to cash in on the Web Summit. Someone mentioned 20,000 visitors to our capital city, and they are most welcome. Someone else said it was the biggest such summit in the world, but prior to the summit starting, some hotels in Dublin were quoting room rates of €60 and €90 per night. This week they are charging €320 per night, an increase of 350%. Those charging a normal rate of €160 per night are charging €463 per night, which is an increase of 280%. Those charging €160 per night last week and next week are charging €270 per night this week. Those charging €100 per night last week are charging €250 per night this week. It is immoral, wrong and it cannot be justified. I know that supply and demand dictates in this case but it gives the wrong impression to tourists coming to this country. Tourists will not return here with such prices being charged. Hotels and restaurants lobbied every one of us-----


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