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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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...and Poirot came too !

Pull off the busy Galway-Clifden road a few miles from the city and you enter another world. Ahead lies the expanse of Lough Corrib, an ever-changing vista that to-day is all 

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blue under a torn umbrella  of dusty white clouds, but in an hour can be a shadow through the mist, evoking a Turner watercolour.
All around is a sloping golf course, dotted with green and buff sand traps, and overlooking all of this is Glenlo Abbey, which has retained its manor house style through its conversion into a  hotel. Reception is a gentle process with a warm West of Ireland welcome.  Door here and there lead to lounges, a bar or a billiard room. Somewhere upstairs there is a small cinema.
Our room overlooks Lough Corrib – and never has an Irish lake looked more serene and bright.  Forget what RTE is forecasting. The rain has not yet arrived.
Armchairs in a bay window,  Nespresso coffee, Galway cheese and biscuits. A tv which will not be turned on. Big comfy bed with White Goose pillows.
But that is not why we are here. We have tickets for the Orient Express Experience.
It starts at seven bells in the drawing room with a bespoke gin and tonic that has floating juniper berries and a dash of angostura. Then a silent whistle bids us to the Pullman Restaurant- two carriages which were once part of the Orient Express and were rescued from a siding in Britain. They checked our tickets with a vintage ticket punch and then sat us in the First Class carriage (where else?).
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Conference Explores Food Fraud

A two day international conference to share information and explore challenges facing the safety, integrity and authenticity of the global food supply chain opened in Dublin Castle. Over 300 delegates were in attendance at Safeguarding the Food Chain – Protecting Authenticityand Integrityhosted by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in partnership with safefood. 
National and international experts outlined that combatting increasinglevels of food fraud requires inter-agency collaboration and intelligence-led insights to protect the food chain and ultimately consumer interests and health. The growth in food fraud investigations in Europe is climbing with the European Commission’s Food Fraud Network*dealing with 156 cases of food fraudin 2016, up from 108 cases in2015 and 60 cases in 2014.
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John Heads Tulfarris

John O’Grady has been appointed general manager at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, near Blessington, Co Wicklow, part of the PREM Group’s portfolio of hotels.
 John joined PREM Group in August 2014 as general manager of the Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort.  He was subsequently appointed to an area management position with the Group to oversee operations at a number of PREM-managed properties.
 jogradyA graduate of the Shannon College of Hotel Management, John has extensive experience industry gained through working with a number of well-known properties in Ireland and abroad including Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar; the Gresham Hotel Dublin, the Landmark Hotel Carrick-on- Shannon and the Maldron Hotel, Wexford.  
 

AI engine from Avvio

 Avvio has announced the launch of Allora, the world’s first booking engine powered by artificial intelligence (AI).
Allora is the world’s first booking engine to use artificial intelligence to learn from every online interaction. The first of the next generation of booking engines for hotels and accommodation providers, it focuses on driving direct booking and guest loyalty by orchestrating better online interactions between hotels and guests.
Built over 18 months by Avvio’s  team of developers, Allora uses Learning Models to analyse large volumes of data and identify which variations will yield the best booking engine configuration.
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Cheers for Philly service

 Aer Lingus will launch a new direct transatlantic service to Philadelphia next year. It  will operate its new four times weekly service on a year-round basis from next March. 

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 Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said he was delighted that Aer Lingus is further expanding its transatlantic services from Dublin Airport. “Philadelphia will be Aer Lingus’ 11th transatlantic route from Dublin Airport, offering further choice and flexibility for business and leisure passengers on both sides of the Atlantic,” he added. 
 The service to Philadelphia is Dublin Airport’s third new long-haul route for next year, as the airport will also welcome a new route to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific and a new service to Montreal with Air Canada.

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