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Hotelier's acquisitions will reintroduce the Clarion brand

Choice Hotel Group, which manages properties including Galway's five-star G Hotel, has been sizing up potential acquisitions in the UK and is also close to finalising the purchase of leases and properties in Ireland, according to CEO Andy O'Neill.

Choice manages or owns seven hotels, including one in Croydon, London and in an interview with the Irish Independent, Mr O'Neill said that the Dublin-based company, of which he owns more than 90%, is advanced on two deals in Ireland at the moment.

"We're very close on them. They will both operate as Clarions," said Mr O'Neill. Choice controls the franchise for Clarion, Comfort, Ascend and Quality brands in Ireland.

He declined to name the hotels involved, but said that Choice plans to buy one and lease the other. Both are 100-bedroom hotels.

One is located in the west of Ireland and the other in the midlands. The company is also looking at a hotel on the east coast.

"We're working on those because we still believe there's a place for the Clarion brand and it has a lot of loyalty," said Mr O'Neill.

The Clarion brand hasn't been in use in Ireland since 2016.

Mr O'Neill said Choice would like to have a property in Dublin, but tough competition meant the firm "can't get value".

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