Prem group eyes Amsterdam & other news from the hotel industry



Jim-Murphy-PREM group copyJim Murphy‘s Premier Suites Plus, part of the Prem Group, are to open a 115-room serviced aparthotel in Amsterdam.

HEI Hotels, which operates Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt, confirmed that it was hit by a data breach discovered at point of sale systems in 20 hotels in 10 US states. The hack was discovered in June and dates back to March 2015.

Research by global hotel sales channel for business customers  HRS has revealed Dublin’s average hotel room rates have risen by 70pc to €195 between Q2 2015 and Q2 2016. This means that Dublin rates are on average €17 higher than London, which has seen a 7pc drop during the same period. Oslo is the most expensive European capital city to stay in at €222 per night also up 70pc on last year. Dublin takes the number two spot with London dropping down to third position in rankings.

hrs world july 2016HRS say the cities that experienced the largest decrease in hotel room rates are Sao Paulo and Rio de Janerio. This is likely to have been impacted by the heavily media-covered Zika Virus, which has deterred many people from travelling to South America. New York retains its position as the most expensive city in the world with an average room per night setting the purse strings back by €235. Rates dropped 12pc on last year’s Q2. San Francisco continues to record strong rates with an average room costing travellers €218, and Tokyo coming in third with hotel owners setting their rates at €180 per night.

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Hotel room rates increased across major capital cities globally compared to Q2 2015, reflecting an overall uplift across the global marketplace despite recent terrorist events heightening safety concerns.

hrs europe july 2016HRS say hotel prices across Europe have risen 50pc. Highest percentage rise for average hotel room rates was shared by Dublin and Oslo (70pc), followed by Stockholm (15pc) and Helsinki (14pc).

Istanbul has suffered the most with the highest decrease in hotel room rates, showing an almost 20pc decline and an average night’s stay costing just €75. Moscow and Milan aren’t far behind with average rates dropping 16pc and 14pc respectively. Buenos Aires and Cape Town recorded the highest increases in average room rates for hotel stays. Rates in Buenos Aires have spiked by 20pc to €113 per night, whilst travellers to Cape Town will be set back €116 – 15pc higher than Q2 in 2015.

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citi hotelThe company that operates the 27-bedroomDublin Citi Hotel was declared insolvent and unable to pay its debts by a Dublin court. A report presented to the court said if certain steps were taken, the company had a reasonable prospect of survival as a going concern. Justice Caroline Costello appointed Tom Murray as interim examiner to JJ Red Holdings Ltd, owners of the hotel which includes the Trinity Bar & Venue at Dame St, Dublin.

London-based hotel company Chototel will open a budget hotel in Nagothane, India with rooms priced between $2 and $5 per night. The 60-room hotel is fitted with LED lighting, a 100 sq ft study and dining area, a 30 sq ft bathroom, pay-per-use Wi-Fi, a communal kitchen, on-site infirmary and children’s play area. Bicycle hire is available from 18c per day.

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Hollywood actor Robert De Niro was given the green light to open an 83-room boutique hotel in Covent Garden, London.

Sean Foley has been appointed GM of The Dromhall hotel, Killarney,

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