ROCKETING hotel prices in Dublin will prevent many Kerry supporters from travelling to support the team in the All-Ireland final, it has been claimed.
One Kerry County Council member has even alleged that there is “some kind of agreed pricing system” between many hotels in the capital.
Cllr Michael Cahill has urged the government to crackdown on what he described as “rogue hoteliers” who are quoting exorbitant prices to coincide with the All-Ireland final weekend.
“There appears to be some kind of agreed pricing system between many of the hotels in Dublin for dates of high-profile events,” he said.
Cllr Cahill said comparing quotations for two guests for the third weekend in September – formerly the All Ireland football final weekend – with the weekend of this year’s final, confirms prices have multiplied in many instances.
“I have seen prices jump from €140 to €580 and this is in the space of 14 days,” said the Rossbeigh councillor.
“It is robbing the rural people of Ireland who wish to support these high-profile events and it is preventing many decent Kerry people from travelling to Dublin for the All Ireland final. What sort of a reputation are we gaining for ourselves abroad in our tourism market?” he asked.
Cllr Cahill said Dublin hoteliers should not be allowed to take unfair advantage of Kerry supporters who are anxious to travel.
“We are being taken for a ride. People here at home and from all over the world are being robbed left right and centre and this has to stop right now,” he claimed.
Cllr Cahill called on Tourism Minister, Shane Ross, and Minister of State, Brendan Griffin to immediately investigate the matter.
The huge costs associated with travelling to Dublin is generally accepted to have been the main reason that Croke Park was just over a third full for last Sunday’s Kerry v Tyrone semi-final. The upper tiers of the Hogan, Cusack and Davin Stands as well as large sections of Hill 16 were empty and there were vacant seats all over the ground.
A family of four travelling from Kerry by road to the final on September 1 and paying €90 per ticket, would have little or no change from €700 when items like fuel and food are factored in.
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