In advance of the upcoming Members Meet Members event in Dublin on June 30 from 17h until 20h, Emma Allen, Group Sales & Marketing Manager of IPBN member company The Mespil Hotel in Dublin shared her thoughts on how the city has evolved from the height of the pandemic to what it is today in a rapid return to a new normal. In a chat with the IPBN, Emma said, "Dublin as a city has really bounced back with an unbelievable pace at 85 - 89% occupancy. It's full speed! Both national and international travelers are staying an average of two to three days so it's a very busy city again. Business for the next few weeks is busier in comparison to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, London, Madrid, Rome, and Vienna. It really is incredible."
According to STR (STR provides premium data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights for the global hospitality industry), Dublin's performance since St Patrick’s Day (17th March) had been exceptional. The city reached 90% occupancy over the St Patrick’s Day Weekend with a Six Nations Match V England and Ed Sheeran concerts in April. So, it's no wonder that the demand for Dublin is currently the strongest in Europe, with weekends performing at top rates. In the first quarter of 2022, Ireland in terms of occupancy and average rate is 78% recovered versus 2019. Dublin as a city has recovered by 75%, so the Mespil Hotel has had to stay on its toes to cover this spike.
Emma says, "April was exceptionally busy, with a strong Easter period predominantly with domestic business however the GB and North American tourists are returning with relatively strong numbers. May and June are witnessing the return of the corporate market and we expect to achieve +90% occupancy for these months. We are back to 2019 levels and expected to surpass 2019 performance if this trend continues." While the local corporate market is slowly returning to the office for an average of 2 -3 days per week, Emma says that guests are typically working from their rooms and mixing it with office visits. The Mespil Hotel offers complimentary wifi which is essential to assist with the push toward remote work, also offering an excellent business centre to aid in a change of scenery when needed. Coupled with the excellent staff and the helpful team at the hotel, guests are able to access luxury and comfort while staying in the city. It's no wonder the hotel was ranked at Number 5 of the Top Hotels in Dublin on Tripadvisor.
The IPBN is proud to have partnered with the Mespil Hotel to ensure guests at the upcoming Dublin Member Meet Member event get the best out of Dublin. For more information, please see below:
June 29th & 30th June
Single Superior Room €189BB, per night
Twin/double Superior Room €199BB, per night
If members wish to extend their stay over the weekend we will honour this rate for them on the Friday & Saturday night also.
Delegates can quote the booking reference - IPBN290622
If you have not already, please register here to join us for the Members Meet Members event in Dublin.
The Embassy of Ireland and the IPBN, in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland, held a fascinating seminar on Ireland-Portugal Economic Relations on Friday, April 29 at the offices of the União de Associações do Comércio e Serviços in Lisbon.