Clooney visit sparks surge in Irish holiday searches

Hollywood star George Clooney’s rumoured visit to Ireland has sparked a surge in searches for tourist accommodation in Dublin and Kilkenny, according to a hotels website.

Clooney visit sparks surge in Irish holiday searches

Searches for Dublin on Hotels.com UK site are up 139%, while Kilkenny has risen 62% since it was announced Clooney would be tracing his Irish roots with his wife, lawyer and activist Amal Ramzi Clooney.

In Clooney’s native US, searches for Kilkenny are up 73% while Dublin is up 37% compared to the same period last year. At home, searches for Dublin have increased by 23% while Kilkenny is up 18%.

Lizann Peppard of Hotels. com said the announcement that the couple plan to visit this summer is a huge boost. “The current figures on our site indicate that this visit has already piqued the interest of travellers from different countries with searches up from the US and UK, two very important markets for Ireland,” she said.

“As we saw in Venice last year, images of the city were beamed around the world and any visit to Ireland should also help showcase the country as a fantastic place to visit and encourage more visitors.”

Meanwhile, a survey of 5,898 German people by Keyfacts Online Research on behalf of Travel24.com found that 69% of travellers take hygiene products from their hotels, while a further 28% have admitted to stealing towels from rooms.

Some 2% admitted to taking a hair dryer or other equipment, while a further 1% claimed to have taken a TV set. The majority of those who admitted to stealing said they stayed in four-star hotels (47%) and three-star hotels (35%), while 10% stayed in five-star hotels.

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