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€13.2m turnover at Fallon and Byrne

 Fallon & Byrne recorded a rise in turnover to €13.2 million last year.
 The Irish Times reports that the company's revenues increased by close to 5% from €12.6 million for the year ending on June 30, 2015. It also experienced a 2% rise in like-for-like business, which surpassed the general growth rate while gross margins rose 1% to 55% of turnover.
 Following a recorded loss of €166,432 the previous year, Fallon & Byrne's pretax profits more than doubled, going from €119,368 to €270,215, with operating profits rising by €38,245 to €336,434. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization increased from €440,213 to a total of €559,144.
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'Stay Happy' at Jurys Inn

Jurys Inn has launched a new integrated "Stay Happy" marketing campaign following a £2.9 million investment.


The campaign was rolled out across TV, VOD and digital media from Tuesday 13 May and will be accompanied by social, CRM and in-hotel activity.
 The campaign focuses on the hotel’s touch points, striving to ensure that customers are met with a welcoming environment and friendly staff, enjoy plentiful breakfasts and receive an all round amiable reception while staying at Jurys Inn venues.
 Additionally, the hotel group is spending another £1 million on product development to support the campaign, which includes launching a new "dream bed" product in all hotels, upgrading all hotel lobbies, offering freshly brewed "bean to cup" coffee across all properties, expanded breakfast options, and upgrading to fast free wifi for all guests.

British visitors down 7% in Q1

Overseas visitor numbers declined by marginally by 1% in Q1 of 2017 compared to 2016 according to CSO figures. 


Visitor numbers from Britain however are down by 7% and revenuie from this key market is down 8%.
 When day visitors are included, overseas visitors were up by 1% to 1.8m.
Total earnings including fares from all visitors to Ireland grew by 1% to €939 million while earnings excluding fares came to €684 million – a decline of 1% on last year.
Total overseas nights declined by 4% to 11.1 million nights. Holiday nights were up by 2%.
·Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Despite strong growth in visitor numbers from North America (+13%) and from long-haul markets including Australia (+16%), a decline of -7% in British visitors has led to an overall drop of -1% in overseas visitors to Ireland in the first quarter of 2017. As anticipated, the challenge of Brexit for Irish tourism is very real and we’re beginning to see the impact of currency changes in today’s CSO results
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Tourism Ireland visits Killarney

 The Aghadoe Heights Hotel in Killarney was the venue for the June board meeting of Tourism Ireland.
 Pictured are Gretel O'Sullivan, The Gleneagle Group; Catherine Moylan, Listowel Writers Week; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; Joan O'Shaughnessy, Chairman of Tourism Ireland; and Breffni Ingerton, The Gleneagle Group.
 The board members took the opportunity to meet with local tourism operators prior to the meeting, to discuss the tourism season and the extensive promotional programme which Tourism Ireland is undertaking to highlight Kerry, the Wild Atlantic Way and the island of Ireland around the world this year.

Wetherspoon plan to be appproved

JD Wetherspoon plans to open a two-story pub in a former Baptist church and an adjoining building on Dublin's Lower Abbey Street are likely to be approved.
 Initially, concerns were raised by the council over the conservation and proposed alterations of the buildings in question, which date back to the early nineteenth century, as well as by residents of Abbey Court who were worried about noise pollution and anti-social behaviour.
 However, The Irish Times reports that planning officials have now decided that the development will add vitality to Lower Abbey Street, while Wetherspoons has stated that it will not seek a bar extension licence nor play any music on the premises.
 While the decision may still be subject to an appeal to An Bord Pleanála, the proposed pub will feature a 955 square metre floor area as well as a street level beer garden and top floor terrace with retractable roof. The development is also expected to generate jobs for 40-50 people.


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