Crowe HTL Market Update November 2023

Hotel, Tourism & Leisure Market Update

November 2023

Crowe HTL Market Update November 2023

We are delighted to welcome the return of Crowe's Hotel, Tourism & Leisure Market Update, where we take a look at the wider tourism sector and provide hotel commentary, sectoral updates and noteworthy news.

In this edition (pdf), we examine how the market is performing, some of the challenges facing the industry, pipeline and supply, transactions, and hospitality news.

Tourism performance

In 2023, the Irish tourism industry continued to experience remarkable recovery, marked by a positive trajectory in visitor numbers and economic impact.

Hotel transactions

In the first half of 2023 there were over €135 million of hotel transactions. The buyer profile is a mix of private investors, family offices and hotel groups. The second half of the year looks to be even busier.

Hotel supply

Dublin is still undersupplied in terms of hotel bedrooms, with around 25,000 in the city centre and around 2,500–3,000 rooms due over the next couple of years. However, the long-term pipeline outlook is constrained due to rising construction costs, lack of development finance and market uncertainty.

Hotel performance

The Irish hotel sector continues to recover post COVID-19 with a combination of pent-up demand and a reduction in available rooms within the market. While average room rates are considerably higher than in 2019, uncertainty remains around cost inputs due to inflation and legislative changes including the increase in the minimum wage to €12.70 in 2024.

Hospitality news

At the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation conference in September, ITIC projected tourism earnings in 2030 could rise to €15 billion, employing up to 350,000 people and yielding up to €3.5 billion annually to the Exchequer. It also estimated that increased capacity would require 14,000 additional tourist accommodation rooms and up to seven million additional seats on air and sea transport.

Crowe announce new appointment

We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Weldon Mather as Director of Hotel, Tourism & Leisure. Weldon joins Crowe from Fáilte Ireland where he held the position of Head of Accommodation Development and was responsible for accommodation development, capacity growth and national quality and standards.

Crowe's multi-disciplinary team serving Ireland's hotel, tourism and leisure sector comprises experienced professionals from all our key departments. Through the breadth of our offering and the specific experience of the hospitality sector in each team, we can provide a full-service offering to meet your needs.

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Naoise Cosgrove, Managing partner - Crowe Ireland
Naoise Cosgrove
Managing Partner
Corporate Finance
Partner, Corporate Recovery - Crowe Ireland
Aiden Murphy
Corporate Recovery
Weldon Mather, Director, Hotel, Tourism & Leisure
Weldon Mather
Director, Hotel, Tourism & Leisure