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.


Restaurants for new urban centre

Avoca  is to open a food hall at a new business, leisure and residential centre to be unveiled by the Comer Group in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Restaurateur Dylan McGrath has also agreed rental terms for a new restaurant in the same development, known as One Ballsbridge.
The two dining facilities and others in the pipeline will be located on the ground floor of three seven- and eight-storey glazed blocks, which will also accommodate high-quality offices, a range of high-end stores, a leisure centre, 88 apartments and 225 car parking spaces.
A new streetscape will link Pembroke and Shelbourne roads, where 2,116sq m (22,776sq ft) of retail space will help create a distinctive new dining and shopping precinct.

9% VAT Looks Safe

Minister Paschal O'Donohoe is likely to retain the concessionary 9% VAT rate on tourist-related services for another year when he announces his much-leaked Budget to-day.The Minister is believed to have been swayed by the threat of Brexit in his decision to continue the subsidy, despite representations from SIPTU that the concession is no lo


nger necessary given the high profit levels announced by some hotel companies and the record room rates achieved by Dublin hotels Some industry sources are however not ruling out a marginal increase in the rate as part of the revenue-generation side of the Budget.

The industry will also watch the Budget allocation to Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland which have declined substantuially since the crash of 2008. There have been argum

ents in favour of additional resources to develop tourist attractions in areas with low tourist numbers and to beef up Ireland's capacity to compete in overseas markets.





'Munster Vales' adds to tourist offering

Munster Vales is a new  tourism destination incorporating the Comeraghs, Knockmealdowns, Galtees, Ballyhouras and Nagles mountain ranges. The brand was officially 


launched in Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford by Minister for State at the Department of Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D.
Munster Vales offers visitors 1,100km of way-marked walking routes, 96 activities and attractions, 9 historic heritage sites and an array of accommodation, festivals and locally produced, delicious food.
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New coach park for Cliffs

 Clare County Council and L&M Keating Ltd t signed a €1.34 million contract for the construction of a new Coach Park reception building and the upgrading of existing coach 


parking facilities at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. 
Pictured  were (L-R) Lorcan Hoyne, L&M Keating; Denis Byrne, Denis Byrne Architects; Pat Dowling, Chief Executive, Clare County Council; Geraldine Enright; Director, Cliffs of Moher Experience; and Tom McNamara, Mayor of Clare.
  Construction work on the 280 square metre building, which includes toilet facilities, meeting rooms and offices, will commence shortly and is scheduled for completion in June 2018.

Febvre gold at NOFFLA

 Febvre wine company won “Wine of the Year”, “Red Wine of the Year”  five *Gold”  Awards among nine overall “Star Awards” 2017-2018 at the Irish Wine Show Awards organised by the National Off-Licence Association (NOFFLA)  and held in the Morrison Hotel, Dublin 1 last night.
 The Irish Wine Show “Star Awards” collection is a selection of wines especially chosen by wine experts in the National Off-Licence Association and Independent Wine Writers.
 “We are delighted with this tremendous success having been awarded Overall  ‘Wine of the Year’; Red ‘Wine of the Year’ and nine medals including five gold out of a grand total of 45,” said Liz Coogan, Managing Director of Febvre & Company.  “The fact that they are across different price points and represent wines from France, Spain, Austria, Romania, South Africa, New Zealand  and Chile shows the depth of our portfolio”, she added.
 Febvre’s winning wines:
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