The massive publicity surrounding the recent sale of the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh, has generated a huge spirit of generosity that has now translated into increased bed nights and employment at the popular venue, manager Paul Diver has told the Democrat/DPP.
“It has been the busiest ever Easter and that is down to the huge goodwill that was shown to use by so many in recent weeks, following the purchase of the hotel. This has now thankfully translated into real business,” he said.
He added that 75% of the people staying at the popular venue over recent weeks, were coming to Donegal for the first time. An American couple, who wanted to show solidarity with the Rossnowlagh location, actually travelled from Dublin airport to the Sandhouse and stayed the night, before heading off to their intended original destination of Bantry in Cork.
For the local economy this has now had great knock-on benefits, in terms of increased local employment at the 55 bedroomed hotel. “Usually we might be looking at employing up to 30 people coming into the high season, but because of the favourable feedback and forward bookings, we are already hiring at least 50 staff for the coming season from the wider locality, in all areas of the business from kitchen, to restaurant and bar.
“What it says about this success is you cannot better good publicity. Fortunately, we also have one of the most beautiful locations in Ireland.”