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Visitors from Latin America paid the most for hotel rooms

Added: 24/03/15 : 10:47:48


Travellers from Argentina spent the most on hotel rooms in Ireland last year, according to the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price IndexTM (HPITM). The report, which tracks the average price paid for a hotel room in Ireland by visiting country, reveals that visitors from Argentina spent an average of €128 per room per night in 2014. This is up 19% on last year and 24% above the Irish national average of €103.

Visitors from Mexico came in second on the list of big spenders, with an average hotel room spend of €126 per night, an increase of 18%. Last year’s biggest spenders, Norwegians are now third having spent an average of €120 per night for a hotel room in Ireland in 2014. This is still a 10% increase on the price paid by Norwegian travellers in 2013.

The highest risers were the Swiss visitors with a 20% increase taking them to €110 and fourth place. Israel, Singapore and the USA all paid €116 per night, up 9%, 19% and 9% respectively year-on-year.

A growing tourism market for Ireland, Chinese travellers paid an average of €115 per night in Ireland in 2014, an increase of 11%, positioning them inside the top 10 at number 8.

Carolina Annand from the Hotels.com brand commented “Spending is up across the board for overseas visitors coming to Ireland which is great news for hoteliers and the Irish economy as a whole. Long haul travellers from Argentina and Mexico are spending more on average, most likely because they plan longer trips and often favour hotel accommodation with a higher star rating.”
Irish Ferries offers 'Buy-One-Get-One-Free' Alton Towers offer

Added: 24/03/15 : 10:43:01


Irish Ferries is celebrating the opening of Alton Towers’ new Octonauts Rollercoaster with a buy-one-get-one-free offer this Easter.

Valid for departures up to May 20th next, the offer equates to €499 for a three-nights stay with breakfast in the nearby Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel for a family of 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years inclusive of return car ferry crossing and one full day at Alton Towers.

Bookings can be made on 0818 300 400. For further information visit www.irishferries.com/alton