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IHI Founders Banquet
Hospitality Expo- Biggest Ever


Ryanair strike to hit Christmas tourism

Christmas tourism is likely to be disrupted as Ryanair pilots in Ireland plan to strike five days before Christmas while their German counterparts stand ready to walk out "at any time".


The moves come as unions across Europe intensify a push for the discount airline to recognise independent labour representation.
 Members of the Irish Airline Pilots' Association told the carrier that they’ll halt work for a day on 20 December over Ryanair's refusal to recognise it or a European labour group for wage talks, the union said. 
 Italian crew have already said they’ll walk out for four hours on 15 December. Vereinigung Cockpit, which represents flight-deck crews in Germany, said  that Ryanair pilots based in the country plan stoppages, though declined to specify a date.
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Shannon traffic drops

Shannon Airport is the only one of the five airports in the Republic to record an annualised drop in passengers  this year. 



CSO figures show Dublin and Cork Airports grew by 6.3% and 3.2%, respectively, in the first nine months of 2017 compared to the same period last year, while Shannon
 decreased by 5.2% in the same period. Knock and Kerry grew by almost 2% each.
However Shannon had a substantial number of transit flights which are not included in the figures.
Dublin accounted for more than 60,500, or 82.5%, of all flights, while Cork handled just over 6,000 or 8.3% of all flights.
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Hotel to open on Harcourt Street

The revival of  Harcourt Street continues with the opening of the new four-star Iveagh Garden Hotel in early 2018. This will be the latest addition to  hoteliers Brian and Sally McGill’s portfolio, which includes neighbouring Harcourt Hotel and Harrington Hall. It will also be the sixth hotel to open on the landark street and primly located with 152 bedrooms ranging from deluxe to premium suites with balconies over-looking the  Iveagh Gardens. The hotel is being designed for the professional sector and will offer luxury accommodation in central Dublin, with a spacious ground floor bar and bistro Elle’s and easy access to local businesses as well as transport links. 
The development, which is being spearheaded by the McGill family siblings including Danielle, Jennifer, Katie, Michelle and Barney, who are all actively involved in the management of the sister hotels and the DTwo and The Black Door nightclubs. John Pardy formerly of the Shannon Oaks Hotel has been appointed as General Manager of Iveagh Garden Hotel and brings a wealth of experience within the hospitality industry.  A total of 150 jobs are being created.
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Guilbaud on World Restaurant List

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud (pictured) in Dublin has been ranked Ireland's top restaurant in 'La Liste's' 1000 best restaurants in the world for 2018.


 Based on the compilation of hundreds of guidebooks and millions of online reviews, including Michelin and Tripadvisor, La Liste offers the best global restaurant selection handpicked by top food critics and expert guides, with each restaurant scored in a ranking out of 100.
 The Guy Savoy restaurant in Paris from chef Guy Savoy is the topped ranked in the world thanks to a score of 99.75, followed by La Bernardin in New York and Kyubey in Tokyo in joint second place on 99.50, while Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Eleven Madison Park and Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville finished joint third with a score of 99.25.
 The two-star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud had a score of 94.50, which made it Ireland's top ranked eatery, followed by The Greenhouse (90.75), Lady Helen at Mount Juliet (88), The Cliff House Hotel (86) and Chapter One (85.50).
 In all, nine Irish restaurants made it on La Liste's ranking for 2018, and here they are:
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Lough Eske profit

 The five-star Lough Eske Castle hotel in Co Donegal last year recorded profits of €1.54m.
The luxury hotel, which is part of Pat Doherty's Harcourt Developments, posted the profits after revenues increased to €8.56m for the year.


Total staff numbers employed at the hotel increased from 154 to 177 during the year to support this increased level of business.


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