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50 Years of Bar Education
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Annabelle's Breakfast Hunt

New Zealand presenter, food guru and journalist, Annabelle White, has arrived in Ireland this week in search of the perfect Irish breakfast. Annabelle will spend the next wee


k travelling around Ireland sampling some of the country’s greatest fare which will be published in prominent Australian and New Zealand women’s magazines, ‘Woman’s Weekly’ and has a collective readership of 500,000. Annabelle will also regale ‘Radio Live’ listeners with her culinary adventures while here in Ireland and is planning on broadcasting live to New Zealand’s ‘TV3 breakfast’ show at night.
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Victoria Contents for Auction


The contents of the Victoria Hotel in Cork are to be sold at auction. Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins and Winston Churchill were guests at the hotel since it first opened its doors more than two centuries ago. The Victoria was also famous for hosting the second ever meeting of the Gaelic Athletic Association, in December 1884. It closed for business a few years ago, but the building was recently bought for a reported €750,000 by retail investor Joe Donnelly.

Aisling Scores at AEHT

 Aisling Quill, a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Business in Tourism at the Department of Tourism & Hospitality at the Cork Institute of Technology has been placed in the top three in her competition category at the annual AEHT Competitions in Cervia, Italy.
 Aisling beat off stiff competition from students all over Europe, as part of a mixed-nationality team who made a presentation on a tourist destination, to emerge as a winning team in their competition.
The 27th Annual Conference and Competition for the AEHT was held this year in Italy, over four days and had over 400 competitors, representing over 135 European Tourism and Hospitality colleges from 40 member countries.
Adrian Gregan, Head of Department, commented “Aisling has done us proud this year and represented the Cork Institute of Technology and particularly the Department of Tourism and Hospitality, in a professional manner which ultimately saw her ranked as one of the top Tourism students in Europe.  We congratulate her on an amazing achievement and recognise the efforts of Aisling’s lecturers and mentors for their preparation of Aisling for this prestigious event.”
The AEHT is the Association of European Tourism and Hospitality Schools, with a membership of over 650 European Schools and Colleges.

Industry Welcomes 'Goodie' Budget

The hospitality industry stands to gain from several measures aannounced in Budhet 2016.


 The 9% preferential VAT rate on tourism services has been retained , PRSI rates have been reduced, infrastructure grants will be available and more funds are provided for tourism marketing. Self-employed  tax payers will also receive a €5550 tax credit.
 Wage bills will however risee following a 50c per hour increase in the Minimum Wage.
 Industry organisations reacted positiively to the Budget.
 The retention of the 9% tourism VAT rate was welcomed by the Irish Hotels Federation . Tim Fenn, chief executive said the measure continues to act as a vital support for employment growth, building on the 33,000 new jobs created by tourism businesses since the measure was introduced in 2011.
 The Restaurants Association of Ireland was pleased that its lobbying for the widening of PRSI bands to alleviate the additional cost of a higher Minimum Wage, bore fruit. RAI had opposed a raising of the Minimum Wage.
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Tara Towers for Sale

Tghe Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion, Dublin and a 1.4-acre site beside it are being offered for sale.
 DTZ Sherry FitzGerald is quoting in excess of €9 million for the 111-bedroom hotel and site, which were bought by Elmpark developers Bernard McNamara a


nd Jerry O’Reilly in 2003 for €14.2 million. Savills are joint selling agents.
  The Tara Towers, like a number of other hotels in the Dublin suburbs, was developed in the 1970s by the late PV Doyle, and has views over Dublin Bay. Apart from its restaurant and bar, the hotel has conference facilities for 300 people and a banqueting hall that can seat 180 guests.


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