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By Chamber Press Office, 20 July 2017
This weekend's sold-out U2 concert in Croke Park will provide a boost of around €12m to the local economy, according to business organisation Dublin Chamber.
The Dublin band will play Croke Park on Saturday evening as part of The Joshua Tree world tour. More than 80,000 people are due to attend the concert - the band's only concert on the island of Ireland this summer.
Dublin Chamber said that Dublin's hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and retailers will all benefit from the influx of U2 fans over the coming days, many of whom will travel to the city from outside of Ireland.
According to Aebhric McGibney, Director of Public & International Affairs at Dublin Chamber: "Hotels around the city are reporting a significant boost in sales for this weekend and other businesses in the hospitality sector will get a lift too. A U2 concert in their hometown is a massive draw for the band's incredibly loyal fanbase. A U2 concert in Dublin is a truly international event with fans travelling from all over the world. The weather forecast for Saturday is good and everything points towards a great occasion in the city."
Mr McGibney added: "Similar to exports, concert tourism, and also large sporting and cultural events, have the capacity to generate growth in Ireland’s economy. Staging big events does wonders for the Irish brand and helps to put Dublin and Ireland in the shop window for tourists around the world. The country’s hospitality sector relies on major events and a strong events programme is key to growing tourism numbers."