Don't attract ROI guests to NI self-catering: Robin Swan

Posted: 27/4/2021

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Robin Swan has warned self-catering ("AirBnB") providers not to try to attract bookings from the Republic of Ireland. He said that whilst PSNI and Garda had responsibilities in enforcing non-essential travel from the ROI, accommodation providers also had a role by not actively trying to attract bookings from south of the border. Some financial assistance has been available in the guise of the Localised Restrictions Scheme but that is due to end soon. Unfortunately, whilst popular holiday spots like the north coast are being booked up by locals, Belfast is simply not a holiday destination for local people. Belfast based AirBnBs do attract a lot of NI business but only when the pubs and clubs are open and when events are being staged in the city. With the likelihood of almost no overseas bookings, that leaves local operators with GB and ROI, and with the latter not likely for some time, it will be a small market for some time.

Key One Property provides a full management service for AirBnBs and we have successfully mixed this with short to medium term corporate lettings and longer term residential lettings to ensure all of our AirBnB owners received an income within the last financial year.

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