Hotel occupancy rates fall in Kerry and Cork

Hotel room occupancy rates fell in Kerry and Cork last year despite a slight increase nationally. Figures from the Central Statistics Office show hotel bed occupancy rates in the south west stood at 58% last year, down three percentage points on 2012. The CEO of the Irish Hotels’ Federation, Tim Fenn, says Dublin is outperforming other parts of the country but says Killarney is doing fairly well. Irish Hotels FederationMichael Rosney is PRO for the federation’s Kerry branch. He says the decline in occupancy rates for the south west shows how reliant Kerry’s tourism sector  is on the home market which is still emerging from recession. Mr. Rosney says access to Kerry is also a problem. [audio_player src=””]