The average room occupancy rate at Irish hotels rose sharply last year due to a rise in the number of tourists visiting the country. The Irish Hotels Federation put the average national rate at 70% in 2015, up from 64% in 2014. This figure for last year, according to the IHF was a 10 year high. Revenue generated by tourism-related businesses was also up, rising by 10.7% to €7.27 billion, accounting for 4% of the country’s GDP. The 2016 Irish Hotels Federation Annual Conference and Showtel Trade Exhibition takes place today and tomorrow in the Gleneagle Hotel & INEC, Killarney, Co. Kerry.