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Dublin second to St Petersburg as hotel rates thrive
Dublin was second to St Petersburg with the highest growth in hotel rates of 19 European cities in a PwC hotel report, with 13.9 per cent growth in 2012, following on 11.7per cent in 2011.
The European Cities Hotels Forecast looked at hotel trading across Europe. The publication forecasts which cities are best placed to grow in terms of revenue, occupancy and average daily rates.
The forecast for 2013 rates Dublin as a “thriver”, and sixth on the list, but with only 3.1 per cent growth. The average daily room rate is expected to reach €90 per night.
Marriot to offer hotel office space
Marriott Hotels is test running Workspace on Demand, a new service which provides meeting rooms and work areas for people on the move.
Workspace on Demand is a collaboration between Marriott and LiquidSpace, a mobile app connecting people with venues providing space. The service is available in 30 Marriott, Renaissance and Courtyard hotels in Washington DC, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Houston. See work spaceondemand.marriott.com
Dreamliner stalls flight schedules
The grounding of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft around the globe is disrupting flight schedules for a number of carriers.
Fifty-one of the Dreamliners have been delivered to airlines such as United, JAL, ANA, BA, LAN, and Qatar.
Most have now been grounded following incidents involving batteries burning out and fuel leaks. The Dreamliner has been plagued by delays, arriving three years late and with soaring cost overruns.
Boeing has orders for more than 800 of the aircraft which are 20 per more fuel efficient than existing Boeing aircraft.