Saturday, April 17, 2010

Let them eat scones

One of the side effects of the volcanic eruption in Iceland is that 1000s of people cannot get home and need somewhere to stay. Good news for the Irish hotel industry you might think. But this morning I heard that instead of welcoming these stranded passengers, hotels around some Irish airports are putting up their prices in response to the crisis - if this is true then Rip-off Republic is alive and well still.

I understand the laws of supply and demand, but am starting to think that they are a nonsense in situations like this. If I was stuck somewhere I didn't want to be, not able to get back home, to work, perhaps to a wedding or funeral I would be really fed-up and that would be compounded if the only places that I could find to stay wanted to fleece me for providing a room.


Quite possibly I would never want to set foot in that country again.

If I ran a hotel near the airport, I would consider giving stranded passengers a discount, perhaps serving them with a pot of tea and a plate of scones when they arrive. Anything to make them feel that someone cares about what has happened to them. Am I missing something here?


8 comments:

  1. that's blood-boiling
    I really hope those robbers are named and shamed
    xxx

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  2. Extremely vexing to see that short-sighted behaviour and greed are alive and well, kicking us into shame!! Jen.

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  3. That's because you're kind but there are obviously a lot of unscrupulous people out there. :0( x

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  4. See I thought that when you are in the hotel business, your aim is to ensure that people want to come back! And even better that they will tell all their friends about the great place they stayed in and what a wonderful welcome they received :-/

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  5. That's just so greedy of them. People are stranded, some of them with children. Not a nice situation to be in, yet other people think only about their own bank balance!

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  6. Unbelieveable!! The land of the 1,000 welcomes (cead mile failte) is in danger of becoming the land of the 1,000 hidden costs!

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  7. That would be soooo bloody typical of this country! It's that greed that got us into this mess in the first place. Have we, as a nation learnt nothing from the past 18months or so??

    xx Jazzy

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  8. unbelievable, yes rip off ireland is alive and well

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