Galway hotels to benefit from festival season

The Galway festival season is now under way and should bring some welcome benefits to those involved in the hotel sector in the city in terms of occupancy rates, room rates and restaurant and bar takings. Although the tourism sector in Ireland in general has had to face tough times over the last two years, Galway can always rely on its summer festivals like the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh and, of course, the famous Galway Races to bring tourists and their disposable incomes to the capital of the West. In total it is estimated that these festivals are worth as much as €90 million to the local economy in Galway. The Film Fleadh is estimated to bring in around €5 million, the Arts Festival some €20 million and the Galway Races between €50 and €70 million.

The Galway Film Fleadh took place last week running from Tuesday 05th July to Sunday 10th July. The Galway Arts festival started on 11th July and runs through to July 24th and this year includes artists like Misterman, De La Soul and Blondie. The Galway Races takes place during the last week in July and this year runs from Monday 25th through to Sunday 31st.

We can see the importance the hotel sector places on these events from the fact that for the last three years some of top hotels in Galway have come together to sponsor the first day of the Galway Races. This year the sponsors include the Radisson Blu, Hotel Meyrick, the Clayton, the Carlton, The G, the Galway Bay, the Salthill Hotel, the Ramada and the Claregalway. Paul Gill, chairman of the Galway branch of the Irish Hotels Federation recently said: “Galway’s Best Hotels are delighted, once again, to be a part of such a wonderful event. The Galway Races brings people and businesses together every year, and gives such a positive boost to the city; both economically and socially”.