Music industry

Soaring hotel prices are affecting the music industry, says Aslan star

The IRISH rock band star is taking on the government over soaring hotel prices in the capital.

Billy McGuinness, lead guitarist for Aslan, pointed to the continuing problem as the music industry suffers.

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Aslan’s Billy McGuinness spoke about overpriced hotels as the music industry suffersCredit: Getty – Contributor
With the sharp increase in hotel prices, spectators are forced to cancel their tickets

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With the sharp increase in hotel prices, spectators are forced to cancel their ticketsCredit: Alamy

Thousands of people have attended concerts and matches at stadiums and venues across the city over the past few months.

Much to the dismay of the public, accommodation prices have skyrocketed, forcing many people to cancel their tickets.

Billy pointed out how, as the hotels are full of Ukrainian refugees, the price of a room has increased dramatically.

He said he had no problem with the refugees being housed in hotels – but called on the government to act.

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He suggested implementing legislation similar to the sale of tickets, but for exorbitant hotel room prices.

The musician told the Irish Independent: “When Bruce Springsteen was on, two guys from Limerick were offered astronomical prices, around £500 for a room in Dublin.

“They went to the same concert in Rome – tickets to the concert and cheaper flights than they could get in Dublin.

“It’s scam Ireland.”

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The couple ended up saving €200 by leaving the country compared to staying in the capital for the gig.

When Ed Sheeran played Croke Park earlier this year, the average price for a hotel room for ONE night was £453.

Surprisingly, the Abbey Court Hostel will cost around €178 for two beds in a 32-bed mixed dorm.

In an attempt to combat this problem, the group wrote to the Minister of Culture Catherine Martin.

Their goal was to spur action against expensive hotel rooms for concert-goers.

In response, a department official told Aslan that the government has no say in the “business decisions” hotels make.

They said: “Companies are also facing significant cost pressures from inflation and other economic factors.”

TOURISTS DO NOT COME

Matt McGranaghan from the Music & Entertainment Association of Ireland (MEAI) has also spoken out about the ongoing issue.

He said: “The government has failed to provide long-term solutions to help refugees fleeing war.

“This had a ripple effect on ticket sales for many shows across the country and in the worst cases festivals were canceled due to lack of accommodation.”

Hotelier Francis Brennan has highlighted the problem, saying soaring hotel prices in Dublin are deterring tourists from visiting the rest of Ireland.

He pointed out that Dublin is the first stop in Ireland for many tourists arriving in the country.

If the capital continues to have this effect on visitors, people will stop coming.

DUBLIN NEEDS MORE HOTELS?

Consequently, tourism will not reach counties further west, such as Kerry and Cork.

Failte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly has warned that if tourists are turned away from Dublin due to exorbitant prices, they will avoid coming to Ireland altogether.

Hospitality and tourism officials say Dublin needs more hotels to reduce sky-high room rates at weekends when there are big concerts or sporting events.

There are nearly 25,000 hotel rooms in Dublin and 3,500 are on the way for next year, but tourism officials say the capital still needs more.

There is a massive reaction to this idea, with a movement called No More Hotels circulating in the city.

Emphasizing the importance of clubbing and culture, the organization looks at former venues now replaced by hotels.

Locals are angry at the abolition of iconic places across the city – this became evident in 2019 when the popular Bernard Shaw was closed.

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Recently, the Cobblestone pub was saved from the same fate when a petition was launched to stop it being turned into a hotel.

This famous spot is home to many Irish musical talents and holds a place of cultural significance in the city.

Hotelier Francis Brennan says soaring hotel prices in Dublin are discouraging tourists from visiting the rest of Ireland

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Hotelier Francis Brennan says soaring hotel prices in Dublin are discouraging tourists from visiting the rest of IrelandCredit: Alamy
The No More Hotels movement emphasizes the importance of culture and clubbing in the city

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The No More Hotels movement emphasizes the importance of culture and clubbing in the cityCredit: Instagram