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Hotel group's trading for 2018 'ahead of expectations'

Ireland's largest hotel operator Dalata, which has five hotels here, has said that its trading performance in the first four months of 2018 has been "a little ahead of expectations".

The group opened a Maldron Hotel in Belfast's Brunswick Street in March.

It already operates the city's Clarion Hotel.

In a trading update, Dalata chairman John Hennessy said revenue per available room growth in the group's Dublin properties has been marginally ahead of the company's expectations, while revenue per available room in the group's regional Ireland properties is in line with expectations in the four-month period.

Despite weaker market conditions being reported in the UK, the group said that it was "delighted" to report that it continues to outperform market conditions in terms of revenue per available room growth, with its UK performance also in line with expectations.

He said the new Belfast Maldron hotel was "trading well".

It added: "Most importantly, customer feedback has been very positive."

It also has Maldron Hotels at Belfast International Airport and in Londonderry. Meanwhile, the additional 106 rooms at Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport will open next month, while the Maldron Hotel on Dublin's Kevin Street will open in the first week of July, Mr Hennessy added.

The group also held its AGM yesterday.

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