Room at the top

The recession laid waste to many Irish hotels. But Dalata founder Pat McCann, who celebrates half a century in the industry next year, now thinks it may well have saved his own business

23rd December, 2018
Pat McCann, chief executive of Dalata Group, which owns one in ten hotel rooms in Ireland Picture: Fergal Phillips

Next year marks Pat McCann’s 50th year in the hotel business. He’s as enthusiastic now as he was starting out. Not long after I sit down with him, he reels off a series of impressive statistics about Dalata Hotel Group, which he set up and has run since 2007.

The company will start 2019 with about 9,000 bedrooms across its Clayton and Maldron hotels in Ireland and Britain. It opened six new...

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