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Ireland hotel chain Dalata announces UK expansion plans

Clayton Hotel ChiswickLeading Irish hotelier chain Dalata has announced ambitious expansion plans for a collection of mid-range properties in the UK. The group says it is aiming to add 20 more hotels with around 8,000 rooms in major UK cities other than London.

Dalata has identified a few of its target cities and these include Bournemouth, Cambridge, Liverpool and York. The properties will all be either three or four star and the acquisition timeline is over the next seven years. At the moment, the Dalata stable has two brands, Maldron and Clayton.

The group has already made its first moves into the UK market. Dalata announced the 35-year lease of a Maldron brand premises in Newcastle with 226 guestrooms last year. This is scheduled to open next year.

Dalata confirmed another lease last week which will see a Clayton brand hotel open in Glasgow before 2021. Like the Newcastle hotel, this one will also be four-star and feature 300 guestrooms.

Dermot Crowley is the deputy CEO at Dalata and he says the group will be taking advantage of a vacant niche in the UK’s hotel sector. He explaining this by saying there were recognised budget hotelier chains but nothing really similar in the three and four star market.

Mr Crowley finishing by saying Dalata was aiming for a total of 2,050 UK hotel rooms by 2020 and that its current portfolio was performing well. The Dalata UK collection presently comprises two London establishments along with six others in the likes of Manchester and Cardiff.

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