Tourism Needs Sustainable Step Change
 The long-term viability of the tourism industry necessitates a step change, says NUI Galway ac...

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Hospitality Employees Denied Rights
Evidence of significant breaches of basic employment rights to hospitality workers has emerged from ...

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Third Level Courses for Hospitality Workers
A new suite of third-level education programmes has been launched to encourage the retention and rec...

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IFSA/Chef Network Operating Guidelines
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Tourism Needs Sustainable Step Change
Hospitality Employees Denied Rights
Third Level Courses for Hospitality Workers
IFSA/Chef Network Operating Guidelines


€13m Visitor Attraction for Midleton

Irish Distillers is planning a €13m investment in the redevelopment of its distillery experience at Midleton..midletondist

The existing attraction will be transformed to accommodate new and interactive whiskey tours and various tasting experiences.
The redevelopment will also deliver a new shopping, bar, café and restaurant facilities.
An alternative, purpose-built Irish whiskey attraction will continue to welcome visitors at the site during the redevelopment.
Construction will start immediately and is expected be completed by 2025, in time to mark the 200-year anniversary of Midleton Distillery.


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Mallow Park Upgrade Plan

Mallow Town Park,is to get major improvements including a new multi-use events area and jogging trail, after Planning Permission was secured by Cork County Council.mallow1121

Bord Pleanála has approved the council’s plans for an ambitious programme of works to existing facilities in Mallow’s main park, including the construction of angling stands on the banks of the River Blackwater as well as a new skate plaza and pump track for bikers.
Other proposed measures include the construction of new entrances and footpaths, the widening of existing footpaths and footbridge, and a reconfiguration of the current playing pitches and training area.


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McDonalds takes €20m hit

Revenue at the Irish arm of  McDonald’s fell by €20.7 million last year due to the impact of Covid-19.mcdonalds0921
New accounts for McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland Ltd show pretax profit fell by 70 per cent in 2020 to €6 million with revenue decreasing by 30 per cent from €69 million to €48.2 million.
During the period, the McDonald’s operation here was made up of 93 franchised stores and two owner-operated outlets, representing no change from 2019.
The company’s operating profit declined by 69 per cent to €6.35 million and a non-cash property impairment of €347,000 contributed to profits reducing further.


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Travel up -but still hit by Covid

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that while overseas travel in October rose sharply compared to the same time last year when strict Covid travel restrictionsdublinairport0421 were in place, it remained nearly half that of pre-pandemic October 2019.

The CSO reported 925,500 overseas passenger arrivals and 895,100 overseas passenger departures in October.
This compares with 810,100 arrivals and 792,000 departures in September and marked increases of 14.2% and 13% respectively.
It also compares to huge increases of 475% and 448% on the 160,900 arrivals and 163,300 departures in October of last year.
But overseas travel in October is still nearly half that of pre-pandemic October 2019, when there were 1,727,100 arrivals and 1,739,900 departures from the country.


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Hotels lose €90m in Covid cancellations

Hotels and guesthouses owners are calling on the Government to provide urgent additional supports for the sector in response to a dramatic collapse in event bookings in thetimfenn0620 lead up to Christmas. 
Hoteliers are reporting over €90m in lost revenues with many companies and organisations throughout the country cancelling events and social gatherings, according to the latest industry research by the Irish Hotels Federation*.
In normal times, December trading sustains the first few months of the following year for many hotels and guesthouses. However, as a result of the recent event cancellations, the sector and broader tourism are at a critical juncture requiring continued Government supports at current levels.
 Hotel occupancy levels remain significantly down on expectations, with hoteliers reporting occupancies of just 35% for December and 14% across January and February. This poses an enormous challenge for hotels and guesthouses as they face into an uncertain new year and an exceptionally difficult trading environment up until June 2022. At the same time, hotels are now facing a cliff-edge scenario with the Government planning to cut vital EWSS employment supports from 1st December and discontinue the local authority rates waiver from 1st January 2022.
IHF Chief Executive Tim Fenn is calling for a firm commitment from Government to continue EWSS supports at their current levels at least up until April 2022 and for the current local authority rates waiver to be retained until June 2022.


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