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Grad of the Year
Andrew Grant of DIT, IHI Graduate of the Year is pictured at the Founders Banquet with sponsor, Hugh...

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Stellar Line Up for Global Summit
The line-up for the Global Hospitality Tech Summit which is running alongside next year’s Food &am...

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IHI Founders Banquet
The annual Irish Hospitality Institute Founders Banquet and Irish Hospitality Awards takes place on ...

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Hospitality Expo- Biggest Ever
Hospitality Expo 2018 - RDS - 6-7 of February looks certain to be the largest most comprehensive sin...

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Students Food Showcase

The Department of Tourism & Hospitality at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) hosted their annual Food Product Development Showcase. This event is the culmination of a semester’s work on the Bachelor of Business in Culinary Arts Degree, and brings together modules in Culinary Entrepreneurship and Food Packaging & Design.
 The students worked individually, or in groups, to develop an innovative food product, along with a Business Plan to support their product. Sixteen products were presented to a panel of judges, which included Artie Clifford,Chairperson of Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards; Michele Santry, Food To Go Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland; David Chandler, Sales Director of Blenders and Julie Delaney, Brand Manager for Blenders. Adrienne Rogers, Head of Enterprise at Cork City Local Enterprise Office, and Eddie O’Neill, Artisan Food Specialist with Teagasc were also in attendance for the showcase.
 The hotly contested event saw the following products coming to the fore:
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Irish sell luxury in Cannes

Sixteen tourism businesses from the island of Ireland join Tourism Ireland in Cannes this week, for the annual International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM). 

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Pictured are Crothúr Murphy, Custom Ireland; Amanda Horan, Fáilte Ireland; Paula Ward, Paula Ward's Ireland; Geraldine Egan, Tourism Ireland; Joanne Taylor, Tourism NI; Leigh Heggarty, Galgorm Resort & Spa; Susie Hopkins-Burke, The K Club; Dermot O'Neill, Moloney & Kelly; Róisín Wallace, Manor House Hotels; Siobhan Byrne-Learat and Lara Moran, both Adams & Butler; Lisa Marshall, Lough Eske Castle; Rosalie Delany, Mount Juliet Estate; Paula Stephens, The Merchant Hotel; Eoin McGrath, Culloden Estate & Spa; Doireann Hicks, The Merrion; Niamh O'Shea, Killarney Park Hotel; Hillarie McGuinness, Tourism Ireland; Sara Dolan, Cliff Group; Emer Mortell, Culloden Estate & Spa; and John Hehir, Dromoland Castle.
 
ILTM is an invitation-only event for the global luxury travel industry – attracting more than 1,500 influential travel agents and decision-makers working in the luxury travel sector, as well as leading luxury travel editors and journalists from about 170 publications across the globe.
 
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Amaris posts £95m loss

Hotel group Amaris Hospitality, which runs Jurys Inn and other hotels in Ireland and Britain, recorded an operating profit of £44.6 million (€50.6 million) in 2016. Revenues rose 15 per cent to £453.1 million during the year.
The 74-hotel group, owned by US private equity group Lone Star, had finance costs of £151 million, which transformed the operating profit into a pre-tax loss of £106 million. After an income tax credit, the result for the year was a loss of almost £95 million.
However, the group said it secured a strong underlying performance in what it described as a “transformative year”. The operating profit of almost £45 million compared to an operating loss of £31 million in 2015.
Amaris is led by chief executive John Brennan, the former chief executive of Jurys Inn. 
Lone Star is in the process of selling the 36-strong Jurys Inn chain, with Swedish hotel group Pandox recently emerging as the frontrunner for the business.
 
In Ireland, Amaris Hospitality also operates the Hilton Garden Inn in Dublin (previously the Jurys Inn Custom House hotel). The accounts show that £35.9 million of its turnover comes from the Republic, up from £25.3 million in 2015.
 

Sherleen is top Revenue Manager

Sherleen Nunkoo of Jurys Inn, Parnell Street, Dublin was named 'Revenue Manager of the Year' at the IHI Awards.

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She is pictureed with sponsor, Clio O Gara, Guestline at IHI president Matt Muller.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Knightsbrook Hotel sold

The Knightsbrook hotel and golf course in Trim, Co. Meath, has been sold to a group of private Irish investors for €19.5 million, a figure that's €1.5 million above the price posted by Cushman & Wakefield when the venue hit the market in April of this year.

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 State assets agency Nama will benefit from the sale due to its taking over a loan that was secured on the property and business, and originally owed to AIB. Knightsbrook accounts indicate that repayment of the debt had been discussed with Nama in recent years, as well as showing that while the resort was profitable in 2015, its assets still ended up falling €1 million short of its liabilities.
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