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Dublin Convention Bureau claims a victory in the war against Dublin’s ‘expensive’ tag

Dublin Convention Bureau are claiming a victory in their war against Dublin’s ‘expensive tag’ with the recent findings of Hotels.com annual Hotel Price Index (H.P.I.) survey placing the capital city 34th in the world in terms of what customers actually paid for their hotel room in 2007, way behind competitor conference cities in Europe such as London, Edinburgh, Rome, Paris, Madrid and many others.

Jean Evans, CEO of Dublin Convention Bureau, said "Surveys such as this help support our stance that you can get excellent value for money in Dublin and we do not deserve the label of an ‘expensive destination’. According to the H.P.I findings the average room price in Dublin is an attractive £78 and we actually come in third in terms of price behind our fellow Irish cities, Galway and Cork."

Ms Evans continued "Room rates in the country as a whole remained the same in 2007 as 2006, with Ireland placing 12th, again considerably behind the top three most expensive countries, the UK, Norway and Switzerland. This means our conference delegates can comfortably extend their stay and explore the rest of our friendly and breathtakingly beautiful country without breaking the bank".

Ms Evans concluded "We genuinely believe that the standards in our hotels are excellent with our hoteliers investing heavily in a rolling programme of refurbishment and expansion in order to gain an edge in what is an incredibly competitive market. This level of intense competition leads to better deals for customers as evidenced by the H.P.I. findings and our legendary hospitality has not diminished in any way with many of our recent conference organisers reporting back on the warmth and friendliness that they and their delegates enjoyed whilst in town".

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