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The chief executive of Ireland’s largest hotel operator, Dalata Hotel Group, believes it will take until 2022 for bookings to return to normalcy.

Dalata has temporarily closed 29 of its 44 hotels in the UK and Ireland but Pat McCann said the group “essentially will never be under threat” as it has the option to sell and lease back some of the 30 hotels it owns if it needs cash beyond the level it has already freed up.

“If I look at our own plans, 2020 is a year to make sure you survive, then 2021 is a year of starting to build back the business and I would see 2022 as the year where you’re getting back to some level of normality in terms of visitor traffic and visitor numbers,” McCann told an Irish Times podcast.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin Editing by Chris Reese)

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Photo Credit: Dalata Hotel Group CEO Pat McCann says 2020 is a year for survival, 2021 is one for rebuilding, and 2022 is for the return to normalcy for the company. FesterSXS / Pixabay