No Brexit wor­ries as Har­court ho­tels re­ports €60m in rev­enues

Irish Independent - Business Week - - BUSINESSWEEK - Gor­don Dee­gan LOUISE KELLY

THE ho­tel arm of Pat Do­herty’s Har­court De­vel­op­ments group last year recorded rev­enues of €60m and said that its ex­pe­ri­ence of Brexit to date has been pos­i­tive.

The Har­court Hos­pi­tal­ity Col­lec­tion owns eight ho­tels re­sorts spread across Ire­land, the UK and the Caribbean along with Ti­tanic Belfast and a spokesman said yes­ter­day that it is “very pleased with the per­for­mance of the ho­tels”.

The ho­tels and iconic tourist at­trac­tion col­lec­tion is ex­pand­ing and Septem­ber sees the open­ing of the Ti­tanic Ho­tel Belfast.

The ho­tels have 300,000 rooms to sell per year and the ho­tel side of the Har­court group ac­count for 25pc of the over­all group ac­tiv­i­ties. The spokesman said: “In 2016 the Ir­ish prop­er­ties per­formed most strongly and were prof­itable. Room rev­enue and av­er­age spend in­creased. UK num­ber also in­creased in oc­cu­pancy and rate by 7pc.”

The group em­ploys 450 in Ire­land, 352 in the UK and 257 in the Caribbean.

On the im­pact of Brexit on the busi­ness, the spokesman said: “Our ex­pe­ri­ence so far is pos­i­tive. Ef­fec­tive mar­ket­ing of Ire­land by Tourism Ire­land and Tourism NI are main­tain­ing healthy num­bers and we do not de­tect a down­turn.”

He added: “For Har­court, the group’s spread across var­i­ous ju­ris­dic­tions helps ab­sorb any fluc­tu­a­tions. Also, our oc­cu­pancy rates re­main high and sta­ble.”

The group em­ploys 1,100 staff. This fig­ure has grown by 7pc year-on-year.

The group’s ho­tels are the As­pect Ho­tel in Dublin; Lough Eske Cas­tle in Done­gal; the Royal Oa­sis in the Ba­hamas; the Carlisle Bay in An­tigua; and ho­tels in Lon­don, Manch­ester and Jer­sey.

The ho­tel group has re­cruited rugby player Rob­bie Hen­shaw, in­set, as a brand am­bas­sador and chair­man, Pat Do­herty said: “He epit­o­mises the prin­ci­ples of hard work, de­ter­mi­na­tion and ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions which we have at Har­court.”

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