Following a comprehensive assessment programme by Fáilte Ireland, over 8,000 campus accommodation bedrooms across Ireland’s seven Universities, have been successfully accredited as ‘approved tourist accommodation’ marking a significant development for the University sector which markets campus accommodation during the summer months for visitors staying in Ireland.
Last summer alone University summer accommodation activity contributed over €160million to the Irish economy and each year creates over 400 summer jobs. DCU Rooms operates across the University’s three campuses – Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s Drumcondra and All Hallows.
Commenting on the announcement, John Caffrey, General Manager of DCU Rooms, Dublin City University, said:
“During the summer months, DCU residences serve as a base for tourists, conferences and international language schools. This award recognizes the dedication, high standards and professionalism that visitors receive during that period. This accreditation from Fáilte Ireland will allow DCU Rooms to explore new markets and platforms and is a significant boost to the long term development of the business.”
The emphasis of the Fáilte Ireland Welcome Standard quality assurance programme places particular focus on the customer journey - meeting customer expectations and the quality of the overall experience. According to Tara Kerry, Registrar and Hospitality Development Manager at Fáilte Ireland.
“The Fáilte Ireland Welcome Standard recognises the University sector’s contribution to tourism and maintaining high standards and practices in the delivery of accommodation services in each campus location. Having over 8,000 bedrooms now accredited in University campus venues across the country is a welcome addition to our existing approved tourist accommodation stock in Ireland particularly in cities such as Dublin and Galway where demand exceeds supply”.
Speaking about the impact of the Fáilte Ireland Welcome Standard for University facilities John O’Rourke, President of On Campus Ireland and Deputy Chief Operations Officer at Campus Life Services, University of Limerick said
“Having achieved Fáilte Ireland accreditation the sector is now well placed on a trajectory for further growth meaning increased tourism activity and employment in regional Ireland as well as the cities. This is good news for Irish tourism and good news for visitors to Ireland looking for an alternative guest experience.”
For further information about accommodation available in DCU visit www.dcurooms.com