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Grad of the Year
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Visitors pass 10m in record year

Despite Brexit and a downturn in the British market, 2017 is set to be another record year for Irish tourism.

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By year end, 10.65 million people will have visited the island of Ireland, spending €5.78 billion. For 2018, Tourism Ireland aims to build on this year’s performance – growing overseas tourism revenue by to €6 billion (+5%) to the island of Ireland and visitor numbers to visitor numbers to 10.8 million (+2%).
 Tourism Ireland  launched details of its marketing plans to promote the island of Ireland overseas in 2018, at an event attended by tourism industry leaders from around the country.
 
Building on this year’s success and sustaining growth into the future is at the heart of Tourism Ireland’s strategy for 2018. Factors working in our favour include new flights to Ireland – including the first ever direct flight from the Asia-Pacific region, with a new Cathay Pacific service from Hong Kong set to launch in June, as well as new Aer Lingus flights from Seattle and Philadelphia.
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Lough Eske Treble at IHI

Staff from Lough Eske Castle won three awards at the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) Founders Banquet & Hospitality Management Awards 2017 .

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Denise McDonagh (Spa Manager)  won "Young Hospitality Manager of the Year 2017", Catherine Monaghan (Director of Human Resources) (pictured), won "Hospitality Human Resources & Training Manager of the Year 2017" and Geraldine Carty (Front of House Supervisor) won "IHI Hospitality Employee of the Year Award 2017." Additionally, Lough Eske Castle was shortlisted for four awards out of eleven in total, with Karen Downey (Revenue Manager) also being nominated as Revenue Manager of the Year 2017.
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GoT Campaign takes Grand Prix

Tourism Ireland’s Game of Thrones tapestry campaign has scooped a top prize at the eurobest awards, the biggest awards for the creativity in advertising in Europe.
 Pictured are Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland (centre) with the Grand Prix eurobest award for Tourism Ireland’s tapestry campaign; also pictured are Dave Monk, Publicis London (left); and Richard Brim, adam&eve/DDB and head of the awards jury.
 gotgp1217 The awards ceremony took place in London, as part of eurobest, the European Festival of Creativity – an annual event which celebrates and rewards excellence in advertising and communications in Europe. Tourism Ireland was awarded the Grand Prix for its Game of Thrones tapestry campaign, in the ‘Print and Outdoor’ category – beating off stiff competition in the same category from the likes of McDonalds, Volkswagen and Hasbro.
 
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Ireland awards Dutch writers

 More than 35 top travel and lifestyle journalists in the Netherlands attended this year’s ‘Ierland Press Awards’ – organised by Tourism Ireland in Amsterdam. 

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 Pictured are (back, l-r) Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland; Niall McKenna, chef and owner of James Street South; Irish travel writer Fionn Davenport; Peter Nash, Tourism Ireland; and front (l-r) Anne McMullan and Fiona Liversidge, both Visit Belfast; and Finola O’Mahony.
 This was the 11th year of the awards, which recognise and commend the Dutch journalists and bloggers who have written or broadcast about holidaying on the island of Ireland over the past year. The theme of this year’s event was our superb culinary experience – with Niall McKenna, the head chef and owner of the award-winning James Street South restaurant in Belfast, on hand to present some of our delicious produce, including Abernethy Butter, Portavogie Prawns and Echlinville Gin.
 
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Mullen buys Carton House

The Nama-backed sale of Carton House hotel and golf resort near Maynooth in Co Kildare has been  completed with a closing price believed to be about €57 million.

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The resort hotel was sold by the Mallaghan and Kelly families to Irish American businessman John Mullen.
Mr Mullen’s parents are from Co Mayo and this will be a personal investment and his first in Ireland. The 668-acre estate was put on the market in July with the consent of Nama. The 165-bedroom estate also includes two golf courses and extensive sports and spa facilities.
Mr Mullen is the founder and chairman of the Philadelphia-based Apple Leisure Group, which includes an international travel business and a resorts division. He began his travel career with United Airlines and later Lufthansa. In 1969, he opened a small travel agency in Drexel Hill, PA, specialising in group tours.
 
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