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'Unprecedented' rise in insurance cost pushes Oktoberfest Dublin to cancel

'Unprecedented' rise in insurance cost pushes Oktoberfest Dublin to cancel | Insurance Business

Ireland may be known for its pub culture, but now its reputation for something else comes under the spotlight following a major announcement from Oktoberfest Dublin. And at the centre of it is insurance.

It’s been revealed, “with much disappointment,” that the 2019 edition of the annual event is a no-go. 

In a statement yesterday addressed to Oktoberfest fans, the organisers explained: “As much as we love coming to Dublin and doing our event with you guys, the 2019 event cannot go ahead due to unprecedented increases in our insurance premium.

“In Germany we are not used to the claim culture that has developed in Ireland and therefore we have decided to take a break this year.”

When the cancellation was announced, the organisers also took the opportunity to express gratitude to their loyal patrons and Irish partners who have offered support over the years, while asking them to look forward to the 2020 shindig.    

The people behind Oktoberfest lamented: “The belief that putting in an insurance claim doesn’t hurt anyone except the insurance company is incorrect; consequently great fun events like ours find it hard to go ahead when suspect insurance claims from a small minority of people can ruin it for everybody.”

Details surrounding the coverage provider, as well as the insurance cost, were not disclosed.