Less Bed Capacity Driving Up Cost Of Staycations In Clare

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A West Clare Tourism Consultant says Clare’s shortage in hotel and self-catering bed capacity is leading to price increases in comparison to the rest of Munster.

A Clare FM Analysis of the cost of a week-long family staycation in the county this July costs on average over €1,800.

As the Easter break draws to a close for schoolchildren, parents are looking ahead to the summer vacation.

Clare FM utilized a leading online travel agent to undertake a cost analysis survey of all available self-catering accommodation in Munster for a family of four for our chosen dates of July 2nd to July 9th.

A week in the Banner proved to the dearest option for families – clocking in at nearly €200 more than a trip to Kerry, which was the second most expensive county.

Clare was 65% more costly than the cheapest county to visit – which in this instance was Limerick.

A West Clare Tourism consultant feels that there is still value to be found for visitors to this county however.

But, Kilkee Fianna Fáil Councilor Cillian Murphy admits that a possible reason as to why Clare is topping the list is due to a deficiency in our bed capacity.

The Chair of Clare’s Tourism Advisory Forum says that increasing Clare’s bed capacity is not easily done.

Seán Lally insists that the seasonality of Clare’s tourism industry hinders the expansion of our offering as investors need to be guaranteed continued demand year-round.

Interestingly, when looking at what was available for couples in Munster the first weekend in July, Clare proved to be better value than Cork or Kerry, with the average cost coming in at €311.

But, the co-owner of Hotel Woodstock, Seán Lally, says that the rising cost of inflation is going to become a huge challenge for hoteliers.

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