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Mt. Juliet Cut Losses

Operating losses at five-star hotel and golf resort Mount Juliet more than halved in 2013 to €1.65m as revenues increased.
 julietLast year, entrepreneur Emmet O'Neill and Brehon Capital Partners bought  the resort for an estimated €15m.
The operating losses of €1.65m followed operating losses of €3.3m in 2012.
The  2013 losses reduced after revenues increased by 11.5pc from €7.18m to €8m.
It recorded a pre-tax profit of €869,178 after an exceptional net gain of €2.52m arising from €9.7m debt forgiven by group companies and an asset write-down of €7.2m.
 
 

Dismissed Manager Seeks Injunction

Declan Moriarty, general manager of the Kilkenny River Court Hotel, is seeking a High Court injunction preventing his dismissal.
He claims that  he was summarily dismissed in breach of the hotel's own procedures on February 3 last.
He is seeking an order against Neville Hotels Ltd, t/a the River Court, and against William Neville and Sons, preventing his purported dismissal.  He also wants to be restored to full pay pending the hearing of his action over the matter.
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Newpark Tops Family List

 Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny has been voted the number one hotel for families in Ireland.  The four star hotel has topped the list of the TripAdvisor Top 25 Hotels for Families 

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in Ireland. 
 
Mark Dunne, General Manager of The Newpark Hotel said, “This is such fantastic news - we are thrilled! Our staff and team work really hard at making The Newpark Hotel a place where families can stay and play together.   We are looking forward to welcoming more and more families to the hotel this year. We know how important family holidays are, they are what great memoires are made of and we strive to create, memorable experiences that families of all ages can really enjoy”.
 

Leads from the Lobby

 Ciara Feely of  ConferenceConverterToolkit.com is a specialist in how to Attract, Convert and WIN More Conference Business.  Ciara has created The Confe

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rence Converter System  - a formula for how to Fill Your Event Space and Win big in the Conference, Meeting & Event Market.  Here are a few of her tips.
There are 3 ways to generate more business in any industry -
1.Raise your Prices
2.Generate new clients and customers
3.Generate more sales from people you already know
Everyone loves quick wins.  Point No 3 is the quickest and easiest way to generate more conference sales.   It is all about focusing on winning more business from people you have already spent marketing money on to attract to your hotel or venue.
How to get More Business from people you already know & who already know You!
1.Is your Sales Process generating leads from people you already know?  
2.Are your guests happy with your service or are they advocates for your business and actively working to find conference business opportunities for you??
3.Do guests walk away from your hotel not knowing there are meeting and conference facilities at the hotel? Is there active communication around the hotel letting them know you have fantastic meeting and conference rooms?
How to Convert Lobby Traffic into Conference Leads...
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Schoolhouse Boosts Profits

Accumulated profits for the Schoolhouse Hotel Ltd, which runs a hotel of the same name in Ballsbridge, Dublin, rose to €993,840 at the end of February, 2014, from €571,017 at the same time in 2013, according to abridged accounts reported in to-day's 'Irish Times'
The company is part of a group  owned by Galway businessman Terry Sweeney by way of EJ King Bar Ltd. The group does not publish consolidated accounts.
Abridged accounts for the Westwood Hotel Ltd, Dangan, Galway, show it had a deficit of shareholders’ funds of €10.5 million at the end of February last, which is about the same deficit it had the previous year’s end. A loan to AIB was secured against a number of assets including Busker Brownes and Kirby’s Restaurant, both of Cross Street, Galway, as well as companies within the EJ King group.
Abridged accounts for EJ King Bar Ltd, Clifden, Co Galway, show it had accumulated profits at the end of February last of €4.2 million, down from €4.5 million at the end of the previous financial year. 

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