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Ireland in Highlands

 Five tourism companies from the island of Ireland joined Tourism Ireland at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.

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Sarah Meehan, Donegal Tourism; and Linda Duncan, Tourism Ireland, are pictured at the show.
 
 The Royal Highland Show is Scotland’s largest outdoor event, attracting more than 187,000 visitors – or potential holidaymakers for Ireland – over four days, providing an excellent platform to showcase the superb experience on offer here for Scottish holidaymakers.
 
Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said: “Events like the Royal Highland Show provide us with a wonderful platform to spread the word about the many great experiences that Scottish holidaymakers can enjoy around the island of Ireland.
 

'Brexit like Irish meltdown' says Collins

'What is currently happening in the UK under the current May government reminds me of what happened 10 years ago when the Irish government – led by Bertie Ahern and 

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laterally Brian Cowen and Co. – literally drove Ireland off a cliff into an economic and social abyss', says David Collins, coo at Great National Hotels and Resorts Group 
I had hoped that I wouldn’t see it happen again in my life-time but there you have it: history has a habit of repeating itself. Even recent history. Social chaos, economic uncertainty, rising inflation, falling wages, declining consumer demand, stalled investment .. all repercussions of when an ‘elite few’ act in their own self-interest. 
This is what happened 10 years ago in Ireland and this is what is happening in Britain right now. The UK government is like a child trying to push a round peg into a square hole battling against the odds to force through the results of a deeply flawed and ill thought-out BREXIT referendum. A referendum which was pitched as means of addressing concerns about accelerating immigration, over-arching EU bureaucracy and nett UK budget contributions but which in truth was about David Cameron getting one over on the UKIP crowd – since defunct by the way – and protecting the Conservatives as the ‘go to’ party for SW1.
As regards the impact of all this on business and more specifically 2017, UK travel and tourism spend, it will come as no surprise that there has been, to put it mildly, a ‘slow-down’ in demand. More pointedly, the industry is facing an unmitigated disaster of a year which is likely to continue well into 2018 unless there is a seismic change within the political landscape. 
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Hoteliers welcome Griffin

The Irish Hotels Federation has welcomed  the appointment of Brendan Griffin, TD as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. Minister Griffin will play an important role w

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ithin the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in ensuring that national policies are focused on supporting and developing the industry, the country’s largest indigenous employer.
 
IHF President, Joe Dolan says: “This appointment comes at a pivotal time for the tourism sector. The recent strong recovery in Irish tourism has been supported by a range of targeted Government measures that have been enormously positive for our industry.  In the last six years we have created over 50,000 jobs with the tourism industry as a whole now supporting approximately 230,000 jobs. We look forward to working closely with Minister Griffin to build on that progress and to facing the very real challenge that Brexit is posing to our industry.
 
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Carveys Week is here

Ireland’s inaugural Great Carvery Week is taking place from 26th June - 2nd July. The week celebrates the nation’s g love for the humble, yet magnificent carvery.

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 Great Carvery Week echoes research conducted by Unilever Food Solutions, revealing that almost a quarter (24%) of Irish people enjoy a carvery meal at least once a week.
 Mark McCarthy, Business Development Chef at Unilever Food Solutions said: “Publicans and hoteliers around the country are familiar with KNORR’s Great Carvery of the Year competition. Now in its eighth year, we are really excited for customers to join in the celebrations this year with the inaugural Great Carvery Week. After all, its customers’ taste buds and fondness that keeps the staple of carvery going!
 
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Another Lion for 'Thrones'

 Tourism Ireland’s Game of Thrones campaign has scooped another award – this time a bronze – at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

thronesOn Monday evening (19 June) the Tourism Ireland campaign was awarded a Gold Lion for ‘Outdoor – Special Build’ and a Silver Lion for ‘Use of Ambient Outdoor’.

On Wednesday  the campaign was awarded a Bronze Lion for ‘Use of Social Platforms’. The accolades are particularly noteworthy given that the festival organisers announced this week that a total of 41,170 award entries had been received, across 24 different Lions categories.
 
 
 

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