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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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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.

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The Firm in Stripes

The staff of The Firm turned out in stripes in support of Ronald McDonald House 'Wear Your Stripes' Day

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 The annual Walk4Families was held around the country over the weekend.
 
 
 
 

Brext softens tourism confidence

Top-line data from the latest Fáilte Ireland Tourism Barometer, a survey of tourism businesses around the country, shows that overall industry confidence - while still up - has begun to soften. Observing the trend, confidence is at its lowest levels in four years.
Overall, industry sentiment is positive regarding this year’s performance. However, a sense of caution is emerging, with almost a third of accommodation providers maintaining the status quo in 2017 and 15% expressing negative sentiment. 
When tourism enterprises are surveyed about performance across markets, Northern Ireland and Britain clearly stand out as areas of concern. Half of the paid serviced accommodation providers surveyed are reporting British business down and two in five have experienced a drop in Northern Irish tourists. The proportion of those businesses impacted rises in northern counties - Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan and Sligo – which are most exposed to those markets.
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Dublin has 'Talking Statues'

Visitors to Dublin can now take a call from well-known Dublin statues such as Oscar Wilde and Cú Chullain as actors Brendan Gleeson, Brenda Fricker and Gabrial Byrne voi

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ce stories penned by authors such as John Banville and Roddy Doyle. This new , city-wide initiative, known as 'Dublin’s Talking Statues', was launched by Fáilte Ireland and Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Áine Clancy,  at the GPO – Witness History Visitor Centre, Dublin.
 Using drama, humour and technology, Dublin’s Talking Statues breathes new life into a selection of Dublin statues and adds another layer to the visitor’s experience of Dublin. This pilot project, which is funded by Fáilte Ireland, commissioned by Art Producers, Sing London, and supported by Dublin City Council, animates ten Dublin statues which are a mix of important historical figures, contemporary art figures and famous Dublin characters.
 
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Veronica takes top Barista title

Veronica Palacios, a barista for Sodexo at the An Post staff restaurant at the GPO in Dublin, has been crowned the '2017 UK and Ireland Barista of the Year' at the Sodexo 

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Salon Culinaire in Ascot Racecourse. Veronica, who came to Ireland from Venezuela four years ago, joined Sodexo last year with no formal training in coffee but with plenty of talent. Encouraged by David Byrne, the group site manager at An Post, she undertook an intensive barista training course organised by the company in June 2017. Veronica went on to win the Irish heat of the Barista of the Year competition at the end of August and then travelled to the Salon Culinaire at Ascot to take part in the UK and Ireland Final against nine other competitors from England, Scotland and Wales.
 
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Howe buys into Great National

The Great National Hotels and Resorts Group has  today announced that Rachel Howes, the former Managing Director of Booking.com Limited - encompassing Ireland, UK, 

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Ireland, France and Northern Europe markets - has made an 'ownership investment' in the Irish owned hotel chain. 
Rachel Howes was instrumental in the success of Booking.com, helping to grow the company into a major global brand, now valued at €70 billion and listing 1.4 million hotels in 226 countries. Ms. Howes also has a proven record as a technology entrepreneur and investor and is also co-founder of HomeRez.com, one of Europe’s emerging brand leaders in holiday letting. 
This investment in the Great National Hotels and Resorts Group is a vote of confidence in the  Irish-owned company. 
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