Aslan star Billy McGuinness has called for Government action on overpriced hotels in Dublin as thousands flock to gigs at Croke Park or the 3Arena.
His music industry is grappling with fans canceling tickets to gigs as hotels fill up with Ukrainian refugees and room rates have spiraled upward.
Mr McGuinness said he had “no problem” with refugees having to stay in hotels, but said the Government needed to act to introduce legislation similar to the ticket offering, but for guest room rates. towering hotel. “When Bruce Springsteen joined, two guys from Limerick were quoted astronomical, around €500 for a room in Dublin. They went to the same show in Rome – tickets to the show and flights were cheaper than what they could get in Dublin,” he said.
“It’s quarantining Ireland.”
Aslan wrote a letter to Culture Minister Catherine Martin, demanding action on expensive hotel rooms. In response, a ministry official told the band that the Government had no say in the “commercial decisions” made by hotels.
“Businesses are also facing significant cost pressures due to inflation and other economic factors,” the official wrote.
Matt McGranaghan of the Music & Entertainment Association of Ireland (MEAI) said it was “mistake” that refugees were being “scapegoated” for expensive hotel rooms.
“The government has failed to come up with lasting solutions to help refugees fleeing war.
“This has directly impacted ticket sales for many shows across the country, and in the worst case scenario, festivals have been canceled due to lack of accommodation.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/aslan-musician-criticises-government-as-rip-off-hotel-prices-hit-music-gigs-41864348.html Musician Aslan criticizes the Government because hotel prices ‘cut off’ affecting music gigs