Future of hotel industry in Ireland. Future travel, tourism, corporate hospitality - VIDEO

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Future of hotel industry in Ireland - key economic and customer trends affecting the hotels industry. Futurist speaker Patrick Dixon speaking at event for the Irish Hotels Federation in Dublin. Economic outlook for Republic of Ireland, growth of hotel occupancy, ways to win new customers. Tourism is worth EU7bn a year, 4.5% of Irish GDP, employing 200,000 workers. In 2013 The Gathering promoted 5,000 separate gatherings and festivals. International visitors up 17% and plans in place for a second big push in 5 years time. Hotel construction boom before the economic crisis, 6000 new hotel rooms but hotel demand in Ireland grew only by 13%. 70% beds filled by Irish people. Confidence growing in Dublin in economic recovery and expect occupancy to improve.

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