Poll: Do you think too many hotels are being approved in Dublin?

Conservationists believe there’s an ‘over-concentration’ of new short-term accommodation in the city.

By Conor McMahon Deputy editor, Fora

CONSERVATION CHARITY AN Taisce recently wrote a letter to Dublin City Council complaining about the number of new hotels being built in the capital.

In an objection against an eight-storey development near Jervis Street, the environmental organisation voiced concerns over a possible “oversaturation” of city-centre hotels.

The group suggested that there is an “over-concentration” of hotel developments in the planning pipeline.

This comes at a time when Ireland is experiencing a lack of housing stock, with more people in the private rental market now than at any point since 2007.

However it has also been widely reported that there is a shortage of hotel rooms in Dublin, which is pushing up room rates and creating the perception that it’s an expensive destination, according to a report prepared for Fáilte Ireland.

Marketing agency Tourism Ireland said today that the country’s “value for money” is becoming increasingly important in Britain, our main inbound tourist market, where consumer confidence is likely to be impacted as Brexit talks continue in the new year.

With that in mind, we’re asking Fora readers this week, Do you think too many hotels are being approved in Dublin?