IRELAND. Dublin Airport operator DAA has called for Expressions of Interest in the development and operation of a new four-star hotel at Dublin Airport Terminal 2. The hotel will be adjacent to the terminal and it will be Ireland’s fourth largest hotel upon completion.

Planning permission for the 11-storey hotel has already been granted. Construction is expected to begin next October and the property will open in 2019.

The new hotel will have a total floor area of 22,840sq m comprising 402 bedrooms, as well as bar, restaurant, café and conference facilities and a fitness suite. It will occupy a prime 0.81 acre site between Terminal 2 and the T2 multi-storey car park – and will be located 95m from Terminal 2.

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Landmark project: The 402-room hotel will be Ireland’s fourth largest upon completion in 2019

DAA has appointed property consultant Savills Hotels & Leisure to seek expressions of interest for the development and operation of the new hotel, which will be developed under a Finance, Build Operate and Transfer (FBOT) model. The successful bidder will construct the hotel and operate it for a specified period of time, before transferring it back to DAA at the end of the agreed term.

“There is significant demand for a new terminal-linked hotel at Dublin Airport and this development will benefit not just the airport but the city and region as a whole as Dublin needs more hotel beds,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. “It will also provide employment for 250 people, as well as a further 150 construction jobs during the building programme, which is expected to last about 18 months.”

Between 2010 and 2015, only four hotels comprising 594 bedrooms were built in Dublin. The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC) warned last year that that Dublin requires a further 5,000 hotel bedrooms by 2020 to meet demand.

Savills Ireland Director of Hotels & Leisure Tom Barrett said that there was likely to be significant market demand for the new Dublin Airport hotel development.

“This is a hugely exciting project. If this hotel was trading today, it would be one of the strongest performing hotels in Ireland. Given the unique high profile location and the quality of the offering we anticipate strong interest from developers, investors, hoteliers and brands.”

Airport terminal-linked hotels significantly outperform non terminal-linked airport properties in both room rates and occupancy levels, said DAA. In 2015, a sample of seven branded European terminal-linked hotels with more than 2,600 bedrooms achieved combined revenue rates per available room that were +47% higher than seven branded hotels located close to the same airports but not terminal-linked.

According to hotel benchmarking data from STR, Dublin Airport hotels recorded revenue per available room growth of +27% in 2015 and +19% in the nine months to the end of September this year. Monthly occupancy levels of more than 90% were achieved in four months of 2014, increasing to six months in 2015 and seven months this year.

STR data also reveals that hotels in the vicinity of Dublin Airport recorded 98% occupancy for the 30 days of September and occupancy levels of 90% so far this year.

Dublin Airport set a new record for passenger numbers last year when it welcomed more than 25 million people. Traffic has increased by a further +12% this year and Dublin Airport is currently the fastest growing major airport in Europe.

The airport is worth €6.6 billion to the Irish economy and is the single biggest generator of economic activity in the state.

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