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Leo meets Canadian operators

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is visiting Canada this week and yesterday  he took the time to support Tourism Ireland’s promotional efforts, when he met some of the leading 


Canadian tour operators and airlines who programme and sell holidays to Ireland.
He is pictured with (from left) Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland; Mary Heron, Aer Lingus; Denise Heffron, Air Transat; Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland; and Luigi Iannello, Air Canada Vacations.
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Cash stolen in Conrad raid

Two hotel workers were locked in a baggage room and threatened with knives during a terrifying raid at a Dublin hotel overnight.


At approximately 1am three raiders entered the five-star Conrad Hotel on Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 wearing balaclavas and carrying knives.
The raiders threatened two staff members and claimed they had a firearm.
The workers were locked in a baggage room and threatened during the ordeal.
Staff were ordered to open the safe but were unable to do so as it was time-locked.
The raiders fled with a sum of money, believed to be around €300, from a cash till float.

Lee Hotel profits

Pre-tax profits at the four-star Mespil Hotel in Dublin increased by 17% to €2.5m last year.
 The hotel’s gross profit increased by 16% to €8.42m, with management attributing the improved performance, during the 12 months to the end of last September, to the continuing recovery in the hotel sector in Dublin and the substantial investment made in refurbishing the hotel.
The hotel’s operating profits jumped 15% last year, to €2.63m, while it recorded a post-tax profit of €2.2m after paying corporation tax of €314,161.
It employed 76 people as of the end of September, with staff costs marginally increasing to €3.3m.
 The Lee Hotel Group, which owns the Mespil, saw a slightly different performance last year at its other property, the Sligo Park Hotel.
Newly filed accounts show the hotel recorded a pre-tax profit of €437,431, with revenues rising from €4.57m to €4.64m. However, profit was down by 34% on the previous year’s €664,769.

Outlook bright for Dalata

Dalata Hotel Group, which plans to add thousands of rooms to its UK stable, could see its share price spike by 50% in the coming years.
 Davy analysts said that Dalata's expansion would be 'asset-light, with the group signing leases, in contrast to its Irish strategy of expanding through hotel acquisitions', as reported by, which added that the Irish hotel group will add the new rooms chiefly through leasing arrangements across regional UK cities.
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Revenue up at Hostelworld

Revenue at Hostelworld has increased 16pc to €46.6m for the six months to 30 June, as the number of group bookings increased by 11pc to 3.9m bookings.
In addition the average booking value increased 3pc, according to the groups half-year results.
Adjusted earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) – a measure of a company’s operating cash flow – increased by 27pc to €12.9m compared to the same period in 2016.
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