Car rental costs undermine Irish status

An organization that supports and promotes tourism in Ireland has said that rising car rental prices are undermining Ireland’s reputation as a value-for-money destination.

Fáilte Ireland added that those who cannot secure a car reservation may decide not to come to Ireland.

He said this represents a major loss for the tourism industry in general as 20% of all foreign tourists to Ireland rent a car and those who do spend more time and money and are much more likely to visit the Ireland. rural.

A report by Indecon for Fáilte Ireland found that the cost of renting a car for tourists in Ireland is high compared to the European average.

It also found that car hire plays an important role in facilitating tourism in Ireland and is a highly seasonal sector.

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He says the pandemic had a detrimental impact on car rental companies.

A quick look online shows just how expensive rental cars are.

For a ten-day rental from Dublin Airport in late July, a small car, a Citroen C1, will cost around €1,545.

For those looking for more space, a VW Golf Estate costs more than €5,700.

For the same period from Kerry airport, a small VW Up costs just over €1,500.

The crux of the problem, says the industry, is the lack of supply.

2022 stock levels are said to be 50% of what they were before the pandemic. There are also a lot of problems getting new cars.

Paul Redmond, chief executive of the Car Hire Council of Ireland, said he has no data on car hire prices and comments on that.

In a statement, he said global car production slowed substantially during the pandemic and there is now a large backlog of new vehicles.

He said under-resourced car rental companies will have to rebuild their capital base, adding that it will take time.

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