Fianna Fáil’s Tourism spokesperson Timmy Dooley is welcoming figures which reveal that occupancy rates in Dublin hotels have reached pre-recession levels.

According to a report by PWC, hotels in the capital increased their revenues more than any other major European city last year.

Deputy Dooley commented, “The increase in returns for Dublin hotels is a sign that Ireland is re-emerging as a popular and value for money destination.  While it’s encouraging to note that room rates in Dublin are rising, it’s important that this improvement is replicated across the country.

“This study paints a positive picture for Dublin, but the reality is there are many regional hotels and guesthouses still struggling, victims of the two tier economy that has materialised in the aftermath of the financial collapse.

“Tourism is the lifeblood of many rural communities, bringing in much needed revenue, as well as providing employment for local workers. It’s vital that action is taken to protect these businesses and ensure they remain viable.  Too many communities have already been left decimated by business closures with boarded up shop fronts a common feature of main streets in towns and villages all across the country.

“The improvement in Dublin is very welcome, but it should not be allowed to mask the crisis in towns outside the capital.  I’d like to see Government acknowledge this reality and do more to address the two tier recovery.”