Hotels within the Irish capital are engaged in “rampant price gouging” on the dates of US pop star Taylor Swift’s live shows, an Irish politician has claimed.
There’s not a lodge room accessible in Dublin for lower than 350 euro – or about £302 – on the dates of the Eras tour exhibits subsequent 12 months, Unbiased TD Thomas Pringle informed the Irish Parliament. The same old common nightly price for Dublin motels is £220, in line with journey search enging Kayak.
The Donegal consultant mentioned he was highlighting the Swift live shows because the star has many younger followers who will journey with their dad and mom, as he raised the matter with Irish premier Leo Varadkar throughout Leaders Questions on Wednesday.
There was big pleasure final week when Swift introduced her world tour, which is able to go to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on June 28 and 29 2024.
Mr Pringle mentioned whereas many younger persons are preoccupied with securing tickets for the exhibits, their dad and mom are anxious about with the ability to afford lodging.
He blasted a “disgraceful show of greed”.
“From taking a look at reserving.com this morning, there isn’t a single lodge room accessible in Dublin for beneath 350 euro for both of the nights of the Taylor Swift live shows, and they’re on subsequent 12 months,” he mentioned.
“As if that isn’t costly sufficient, we now have in latest days seen rampant price gouging from Dublin motels, some elevating the price of a room from 359 euro to an unimaginable 999 euro for the evening of the live performance, and this was earlier than the tickets have even been launched.
“And it’s not simply motels which might be responsible of price gouging – one landlord has a two-bedroom residence they priced at 20,000 euro for a similar weekend.”
He mentioned the problem is “nothing new or distinctive” and has occurred earlier than with live shows and sporting occasions, and pressed Mr Varadkar on what he would do about it.
Responding, Mr Varadkar mentioned he has spoken to hoteliers on the matter and mentioned they’ve their very own story to inform.
He mentioned there’s a dilemma in that there aren’t sufficient motels within the metropolis of Dublin, however with the continued housing disaster they don’t wish to see extra new motels being constructed, however new homes as an alternative.
“I’ve spoken hoteliers about this. They’ve their story to inform, and their story to inform us that the protection within the media has been unfair,” he informed TDs.
He mentioned motels informed him that if you happen to attempt to guide a lodge greater than a 12 months prematurely, you get the “rack price”, which is “not essentially the speed that they cost”, including that they wished that time to be made.
“I’ve made the purpose very strongly again to them, and it’s that price gouging and taking benefit of individuals and mountain climbing costs on highly regarded weekends is unhealthy enterprise. It’s how your corporation will get a nasty fame, it’s how your metropolis or city will get a nasty fame and it’s how your wider business will get a nasty fame, and it doesn’t make good enterprise sense in the long run,” he mentioned.
“And we noticed that occur earlier than when Dublin particularly however Eire on the whole acquired a fame for being a really high-cost place to go to, and I hope they’ll take that time on board.”
Mr Pringle blasted a “unhappy response”.
“Certainly the Authorities has to take some take some motion in some unspecified time in the future … the Authorities can really stop it (price gouging) from occurring,” he mentioned.
Mr Varadkar hit again, saying Mr Pringle had not urged any proposals or options.
“You’ve been very crucial of the Authorities, of hoteliers, of everybody and of me personally – you haven’t really put ahead a constructive answer. So when you’ve got one, put it ahead and we are going to give it consideration,” he added.