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

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Return of the 'Gin and Tonic'
By Andrew O’ Gorman, Past President Bartenders Association of Ireland and former Head of Department,...

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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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Tech show for new Food and Bev.
Returning to Citywest, Dublin, 6th – 7th February 2018, Food & Bev Live will welcome Irela...

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IHI Founders Banquet
Return of the 'Gin and Tonic'
Hospitality Expo- Biggest Ever
Tech show for new Food and Bev.


Employers for Cork Career Fair

 will meet with students in the Department of Tourism & Hospitality at Cork Institute of Technology as part of the department’s annual career fair.  Employers will get a chance to speak to students who are graduating later this year and entering into the jobs market, along with those looking for part-time and summer work opportunities.
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Montpelier Workshop

Irish and French tourism companies travelled to Montpellier this week, to meet and do business with 


some 40 French travel agents based in and around the southern French city. 
 Pictured are Gilles Fougeron, Premier Travel; Bernadette O’Carroll, Irish Welcome Tours; Serge Fonseca, Tourism Ireland; Anais Leboeuf, Quartier Libre; Fanny Edom, Voyages Internationaux; Alessio Monterosso, Aer Lingus; and Mathieu Brydniak, Montpellier Airport, at the Ireland workshop in 


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Fame for Clare Smokehouse

An article showcasing the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna appeared in a recent edition of Göteborgs-Posten newspaper in Sweden, profiling the award-winning smokehouse to more than 470,000 readers – or potential Swedish holidaymakers for Co Clare and the West of Ireland.
Göteborgs-Posten is a major daily newspaper published in Gothenburg, with about 472,000 readers. Tourism Ireland in the Nordic Region, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, invited journalist Anna Rehnberg to visit Ireland last October, to interview and profile three Swedes living in Ireland – including successful businessman Lars Pettersson, Sofie Skehan Larsson (married to chef Donal Skehan) and Birgitta Curtin (owner of the Burren Smokehouse).
The article about the Burren Smokehouse appeared under the headline Birgitta blir vis på sin rökta lax (meaning “Birgitta gets wise on her smoked salmon” – a reference to the salmon of knowledge!). Birgitta described what made her fall for this part of Ireland: “Det var musiken, landskapet men framför allt människorna som bor här!” (which roughly translates as “It was the music, the scenery but especially the people living here!”).
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Conference Ambassadors Honoured

Fáilte Ireland honoured 79 ‘Conference Ambassadors’ at its inaugural Conference Ambassador 


Recognition Awards ceremony at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
Pictured are Shaun Quinn, Failte Ireland, Dara O'Briain, MC for the evening, Miriam Kennedy, Failte Ireland, Frank Stapleton, Conference Ambassador of the Year and Michael Cawley, Chairman Failte Ireland.   
The recipients, from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, were given the awards for bidding and hosting an international conference or event in Dublin. Hosted by comedian Dara Ó Briain, the event acknowledged that the Ambassadors, nominated by the Irish conference and meetings industry, had delivered a collective total of almost 73,000 international delegates to Dublin between 2011 and 2014, injecting over €101m into the economy. This news comes as the World Congress of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) have confirmed that they will hold their 2018 conference in Dublin attracting 2,500 delegates and valued at €3.5m (see more in note to editor).
Three individuals, who have had a significant impact on international conferencing in Ireland, were singled out with special awards at the ceremony. The Conference Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Brian Stapleton, Managing Director of Periploi Aviation, for his significant contribution to Ireland’s business tourism sector. Brian has been instrumental in delivering a total of seven International Air Transport Association (IATA) conferences to Dublin valued at €5.6m to Irish economy, with another five future conferences in the pipeline with an estimated value of €5.4m.
The candidate selected for Outstanding Contribution to Business Tourism during the Gathering was Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President of Alltech, who chose to host eight international Alltech business events in Ireland during 2013. During that year of The Gathering, Pearse brought a total of 3,000 international delegates to Ireland.
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Febvre Launches Wine Month

Wine Distributor, Febvre & Company Limited introduces FEBVREUARY®, a month of wine discover

Louis Fabrice Latour

y, taking place around Ireland throughout February.  The FEBVREUARY® events, open to trade only, will include wine tasting from Febvre’s portfolio as well as allow attendees meet visiting winemakers; attend educational seminars and learn the latest in global consumer wine trends for 2016.  The full diary for the month can be seen on and, as places are limited, it is necessary to book your place in advance to attend the event of your choice.
Week One:
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