Hey big spenders - Chinese spend the most on hotel rooms in Ireland
Chinese tourists on holiday in Ireland have emerged as the biggest spenders on hotel rooms during the first half of 2015.
A leading website – Hotels.com – reports that visitors from China paid on average of just over €160 a night for their top of the range bedrooms.
The Irish Independent reports that this puts them ahead of Indian tourists who spent €143 while those from the US and Mexico were next in line by paying €137 a night.
However the biggest shot in the arm from the Chinese is that they are spending 27% more this year over the same period in 2014. Visitors from the country are growing exponentially largely due to Tourism Ireland opening offices in several big cities including Beijing and Shanghai.
The next step for the continuing growth rate is to get agreement for direct flights from those two big cities straight into Ireland. This has been helped with the announcement that China Southern Airlines – the world’s third largest carrier – is opening a Dublin office to help strengthen ties between the countries. It is estimated that within five years, over 200 million Chinese people will travel outbound on holiday every year.
Ireland has also recorded upward trends with a number of countries including Norway, Japan, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden.