Irish big spenders still flock to shop in New York City
Molly Muldoon speaks with the Irish here on shopping jaunts
With his hotel capacity up 17% on December of last year, Fitzpatrick admits he is always delighted to see the Irish shoppers arriving.
Fitzpatrick says his staff has a tedious job cleaning out the hotel rooms after the shoppers depart, with rooms filled with empty shopping bags, shoe boxes and other evidence of their retail blitz.
“Our garbage disposal company has to take an extra delivery,” he laughs.
Despite an estimated drop in numbers, Tour America operators in Dublin point out that New York still draws the shopping crowd.
“In the run up to Christmas, New York continues to be the most popular as customers love the range of shopping outlets available and the great prices for designer brands,” Polly Bond, head of product and marketing with Tour America, told the Irish Voice.
A 30-year-old teacher living in Dublin, Líosa Breatnach, said she could not help but notice how many Irish shoppers were on her flight on the way over to New York.
“There were definitely other shoppers on the plane; in fact, I had two colleagues on the same flight as me to do just that -- shopping!” she told the Irish Voice.
“Also, there was no luggage in the overhead bins on the way over and from speaking to other passengers they had one suitcase in another suitcase.
“But on the return flight the overhead bins were jam-packed!” reveals the Dubliner, who visited New York last week.
Spending almost $1,500, Breatnach said that she found her dollar went a lot further in New York.
“I definitely found better value on brands that are popular in Ireland like Nike, Ugg, Hollister, American Eagle, and Abercrombie & Fitch,” she said.
“I think New York is so popular because it's not as expensive as it used to be to fly over. We are a very brand conscious society and so New York offers all those popular designers at relatively affordable prices
“The fact is Irish people like to shop and it's the nearest city across the pond!”
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