29 May 2018
Chicago based Hyatt and Athlone’s Hodson Bay Group seal Ireland’s first Hyatt Hotel deal
A unique gathering took place yesterday at Hodson Bay Hotel, on the shores of Lough Ree. Jason Ballard, Vice President of Hyatt Hotels Europe, joined John O’Sullivan, Chairman of Hodson Bay Group for the announcement of Hyatt Hotel Corporation’s first Hyatt hotel in Ireland - a 234 bedroom luxury Hotel in Dublin’s Liberties Gate due to open March 2019.
Also joining the celebrations at Hodson Bay was a delegation from Chicago (the home of Hyatt Hotels) led by the Toni Preckwinkle, the President of the Cook County Board, Chicago. Ms Preckwinkle’s visit to Ireland took in a visit to Hodson Bay as part of a strategic alliance between Cook County, Chicago and Co Roscommon. Cook County, which includes the City of Chicago, is the United States' second largest county with a population of 5.2 million residents.
Speaking at the event, Jason Ballard said “this is a day we were looking forward to for some time. Identifying the right partner for the Irish Market was a strategic priority for me and the Hyatt Board of Directors. And we’re absolutely thrilled that we’ve finalised a Franchise agreement with Hodson Bay Group – an Irish Family owned business, with an amazing reputation and a culture that fits perfectly with Hyatt’s core values”. Adding to Ballard’s delight, Ms Preckwinkle added “this announcement has made for such a memorable visit to Ireland. Hyatt Hotel Corporation, a company we are so proud of in Cook County, teaming up with Hodson Bay Group here on the Lakeside in Athlone has made our visit all the more special”. Denis Naughton, Minister for Communications, expressed his delight saying “Hodson Bay Group is one of the leading Hospitality companies in Ireland, and attracting Hyatt to the Irish market is testament to its reputation and track record”. Finally, John O’Sullivan summed up the occasion saying, “We are honoured to have such wonderful representation here today. Its a very proud moment for my family, the management and the staff of Hodson Bay Group – and we are absolutely delighted to be the first hospitality group to bring the Hyatt brand to Ireland”.
President of Cook County, Toni Preckwinkle, Vice President of Hyatt, Jason Ballard, John O’Sullivan, Chairman of Hodson Bay Group, Minister Denis Naughton with other celebrants at yesterday’s Hyatt announcement at Hodson Bay Hotel
The hotel will be situated in The Liberties, a historic and vibrant area in the heart of Dublin that has undergone significant regeneration in recent years. This location, which has been inhabited for over 1000 years is the oldest part of Dublin, is currently experiencing a complete regeneration as part of Dublin City Council’s plans to create a centre of culture and heritage for the City. Art effects dating back to 900AD which were discovered during the archaeological excavation of the site are currently being curated.
Hyatt Centric Dublin will provide a launch pad from which travellers can experience everything Dublin has to offer. The hotel will be within easy walking distance to Dublin’s major attractions, including the historic St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Vicar Street - the city’s premier live-music venue. The Hyatt Centric brand is designed to allow eager-to-explore, millennial-minded business and leisure guests to be able to make the most of the location and Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin, in close proximity to iconic destinations such as the home of Guinness, St James’s Gate brewery, offers exactly this.
The hotel will feature a state-of-the-art gym; and a design that aims to encourage interaction and engagement, with large windows at street level allowing for an immediate view of the bustling Dublin community outside. Guests will also be able to access numerous open plan and interconnecting spaces from which to enjoy a wide range of restaurant, bar, café and lounge options, whilst an expansive conference space will open the hotel up for external events.
Family values attract Family Values - Hodson Bay Group attracts Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Similar to Hodson Bay Group, Hyatt began as a family owned business over 60 years ago by the Pritzker family. In 1957 Jay Pritzker purchased the Hyatt House motel adjacent to the Los Angeles International Airport. Over the following decade, Jay Pritzker and his brother, Donald Pritzker, working together with other Pritzker family business interests, grew the company into a North American management and hotel ownership company, which became a public company in 1962. Now in 2018, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands. The Company's portfolio includes more than 700 properties in more than 50 countries across six continents, and Hyatt also proudly boasts that they have worked hard to maintain the feeling of family among colleagues today.
In 2017, Hyatt contacted the Hodson Bay Group, a long established Irish Family owned hotel company founded in 1992 by John O’Sullivan with the opening of the then 30 bedroom Hodson Bay Hotel on the shores of Lough Ree. Today, the O’Sullivan family own and operate the Hodson Bay hotel in Athlone, the Galway Bay hotel in Galway city and the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone – a total of 496 bedrooms with a combined conferencing capacity of over 5,000 delegates
In each of the locations where it operates, the Hodson Bay Group has a proven reputation for the provision of a high-quality product and has a track record in achieving both international and national recognition for its consistent delivery of high standards.
It has consistently adopted a culture which embraces three core pillars of respect.
Respect for the local Community: and the integration of its Hotels will local activities and initiatives has been instrumental in the development of the Hotel group.
Respect for its Staff: the Group prides itself in its strategy and approach to people investment and development. Hodson Bay Group policy is to promote the training and employment of staff who are drawn from the local community.