Friday August 7, 2020

Dublin hotels hit hardest by pandemic wrecking-ball

With summer occupancy rates at a ‘terrifying’ low, the hotel sector is targeting domestic customers and focusing on safety protocols

Killian Woods

Business reporter

26th July, 2020
JP Kavanagh, general manager of the Shelbourne Hotel: ‘The market has a pulse: not a strong one, but it’s there’Picture: Bryan Meade

When Seamus Crotty opened his new Dublin hotel in February, the year ahead looked promising.

The Trinity Townhouse, a property linked to the five-star Sheen Falls hotel in Kenmare, had a healthy amount of business on the books. Within weeks, the doors were shut, and stayed shut for 80 days.

“We had fantastic plans to launch this hotel with a whole marketing plan across radio and newspapers. We tried to stay open, but there was no...

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