Dalata updates on UK pipeline

Birmingham street
A street in Birmingham. (khamkhor/Pixabay)

Ireland’s Dalata Hotel group is planning to open seven new hotels in the UK over the next 12 months but has had to pull its proposed Birmingham property because of problems with the site.

In a stock market update, the company outlined its plans for the next few months.

“We look forward to opening our first hotel in Glasgow next month. This 300-room Maldron hotel is superbly located in the centre of Glasgow. We are on course to open a further six hotels in Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin between November this year and May next year,” Dermot Crowley, CEO Designate said.

“Unfortunately, our previously announced Maldron Hotel in Birmingham will not now be proceeding as the developer has encountered difficulties in relation to the site.”
Dalata said that since reopening for non-essential customers in its key markets “trading has been better than expected”.

Occupancies for June were 37% in Dublin, 60% in Regional Ireland and 44% in the UK. However, demand for our Dublin and London hotels in the summer months is expected to be ahead of the level achieved in 2020 but will remain significantly below 2019 levels.

“Covid-19 continues to have a very significant impact on the hospitality industry. I remain encouraged by the pace of the vaccine rollout in both the UK and Ireland but am also aware of the threats posed by the uncertainty surrounding the potential impact of the Delta variant,” Cowley said.

“In Ireland, international travel for non-essential reasons is currently expected to resume from 19 July. I look forward to welcoming international guests back to our hotels in the not-too-distant future.”