Monday June 1, 2020

Business interview: David Byrne

It might not have seemed like the best moment to launch a start-up hotel group, but David Byrne has seen Great National Hotels go from strength to strength since its foundation last February

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
1st January, 2011

Irish tourism is in crisis, with hoteliers struggling to deal with plunging revenues and extremely difficult trading conditions. So when David Byrne announced he was launching a start-up in the hotel sector, people baulked.

‘‘They thought we were crazy,” he said, ‘‘but we are giving hotels the opportunity to compete for a better share in a stagnant market. So, in some ways, the market conditions are advantageous for us.

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