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Northern Ireland Residents Would Rather Be A Host Than A Guest

submited Wed 25 Aug, 2010
Northern Ireland revealed as the only region to prefer hosting rather than being a guest

A poll commissioned by Jurys Inn hotel group has revealed that the majority of people in Northern Ireland (54%) would rather be a host than a guest, as they feel they are genuinely friendly and good at ensuring everything runs to plan and on time.

Comparatively, residents in the 11 other areas surveyed all claimed they would rather be a guest, than a host with the main reason for women being they get too stressed hosting, whilst men said it’s because they don’t like serving or waiting on people.

The survey also revealed that the majority of people in the Northern Ireland (46%) believe that a genuine friendliness and a warm welcome is the most important attribute a host must have, closely followed by an attentive nature (33%), with the least important attribute being good manners (7%).

61% of those polled in Northern Ireland also said that they believe a good sense of humour, banter and a cheeky disposition are attributes specifically unique to Northern Irish hosting.

Cheryl Cole and Alan Carr came joint top of the poll as the celebrities that the majority of people in Northern Ireland feel would make the ideal hosts because of their funny and charismatic nature, with Dawn French coming in a close second followed by Holly Willoughby in third place.

Further findings revealed that 61% of people in Northern Ireland agree that a warm and friendly service is the most important attribute a hotel host can offer rather than a speedy check-in (25%). Meanwhile, 76% of Northern Ireland residents said they would not return to a hotel where they have received un-friendly service.

Ryan Foster, General Manager at Jurys Inn Belfast, said: “Here at Jurys Inn Belfast, we understand the value of providing a genuine friendly service – it makes our guests feel at home and ensures they enjoy their stay with us and keep coming back. These survey findings support this - 82 per cent of our guests say they would stay with us again because of the warm and welcoming service we provide.”

He added: “The Irish are known for enjoying hosting and having a cheeky disposition, banter and a good sense of humour and this is what sets us apart from other areas and countries, so it’s good to see that people recognise these attributes make a good host.”

These survey results appear shortly after David Cameron spoke of his wish for the UK to become one of the top five tourist destinations in the world, and of a need for Britons to take pride in their country. Talking earlier this month in a speech to travel industry figures at London's Serpentine Gallery, the Prime Minister identified tourism as a potential major factor in boosting the economy. The Prime Minister also spoke of his love of vacationing at home, and told tourism chiefs that their sector was 'fundamental to the rebuilding and rebalancing of our economy.'

Jurys Inn has attracted attention amongst guests and the industry for the quality, value and consistency of its service. The leading hotel group also consistently offers guests facilities more typical of 4* hotels, which is why its properties are known as exceptional everyday city hotels.

For more information contact Margaret Street PR:

Derek Harris +44 (0)777 916 4606 or e-mail

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