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World Award for Marquette

Marqette, which is part of the Michael JF Wright Hospitality Group, is delighted to announce that they have won “Airport Food Hall of the Year” at Moodie Davitt Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards which took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, Canada. The shortlist was drawn from almost 250 entries, representing all sectors of the burgeoning airport food & beverage sector.
 The awards recognise  best practice in the sector and Marqette was shortlisted in three categories; “Airport Food Hall of the Year,” “Airport Bar of the Year,” “Airport Food on the Go.” Marqette was announced as the overall winner of the “Airport Food Hall of the Year” .
 
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Sligo in Vogue

 Breathtaking beauty, hand-crafted keepsakes and literary legends – just some of the reasons why the daily editor of Vogue.co.uk, Scarlett 

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Conlon, is taking a trip to Sligo this summer. 
 
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Publicity is a really powerful tool in marketing the island of Ireland overseas, so the inclusion of Sligo as a destination of choice in Vogue UK is good news indeed. This type of positive exposure is invaluable – reminding potential British holidaymakers about the many things to see and do in Sligo and helping to position Ireland as a highly desirable and fashionable place to visit on holiday.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Profit dip at Skeff

The Skeffington Arms Hotel in Galway has seen pre-tax profit s dip marginally from €527,857 to €515,411 last year.
 The new accounts filed show that the firm recorded the drop in pre-tax profits after its gross profit increased by 2pc going from €4.38m to €4.47m in the 12 months to the end of September last.
According to the directors' report "the results for the year and the financial position at the year end were considered satisfactory by the directors who expect growth in the foreseeable future".
They state that "the company is well positioned within the hotel and leisure industry and hope to grow their market share in the future".
On the problems faced by the company, the directors state they include "technology and social media, increasing costs of operations and high levels and intensity of competition".
 

Direct flight from Japan

Club Tourism Inc, one of the leading travel agencies in Japan, will bring the first ever direct flight from Asia to Ireland, this August – with some 240 Japanese flying to Dublin

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 on a charter flight operated by Japan Airlines. Senior representatives of Club Tourism Inc and Tourism Ireland attended an event in Tokyo today (Friday, 23 June), hosted by the Irish Ambassador to Japan, Anne Barrington.
 
Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons is in Japan this week, undertaking a series of engagements with key decision-makers in the Japanese travel sector, including the president of JATA (Japan Association of Travel Agents), which has 1,000 travel agency members around Japan; the director of the Japan Tourism Bureau, the official agents for the 2019 Rugby World Cup; and senior representatives of Miki Tourist, one of Japan’s top travel agents.
 
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EDEN seeks Culture

The search has begun to find the destination in Ireland which has best used its local cultural assets as potential to grow visitor numbers. Fáilte Ireland, is inviting entries for 

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the 2017 European Destinations of Excellence Network (EDEN) competition, which focuses on a different aspect of tourism each time. 
 
 The theme for 2017 is “Tangible Cultural Tourism”.  The tourism authority is looking for applications from emerging destinations in Ireland who have developed a specific tourism offering based on their cultural assets - that balances sustaining the local environment with the promotion of viable tourism (full detail on criteria below).    
 
 Speaking about the competition Paddy Mathews, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Investment & Innovation, said:
 
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