Bergin's Environmental Wake-Up Call
The IHI held its first online Hospitality & Tourism Professionals Day on the 26th

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Covid creates Vera Foods
Covid 19 has played a role in creating an exciting new food business for two hospitality professiona...

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Optimizing Covers in Phase Three
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IFSA/Chef Network Operating Guidelines
Representing over 200 member companies, IFSA (the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance) and Chef Net...

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Christmas recipes from Europe Hotel

The Europe Hotel annd Resort in Killarney has produced recipes for christmas turkey and mince pies.alex
 Tculinary team at The Europe, headed up by Executive Head Chef Alex Nahke, want to help make Christmas special for everyone and have created luxurious recipes for two of the season’s favoured foods - the perfect Christmas turkey and classic mince pies.
  With some tips and tricks to perfecting your turkey, it’s sure to be the star of the Christmas table.

Hotels face €270m Christmas hit

 Hotels and guesthouses across the country are facing a loss in revenue of up to €270 million over the Christmas period due to Government restrictions. Commenting on reports timfenn0620that people will not be allowed to travel outside their county for much of December, Tim Fenn, Chief Executive of the Irish Hotels Federation says that this will have a devastating impact on hotels throughout the country, severely limiting their ability to trade. Only a very small proportion of hotel accommodation in December is from within the same county.

“It is clear that December and Christmas will be very different this year. But the Government must take a more balanced approach to allowing people travel outside their county to visit family. Hotels can be an important part of the solution in facilitating this by providing very safe, highly-controlled, spacious environments for people stay independent of the home setting. We have a proven safety record and urge the Government to recognise the role we can play in ensuring a safer Christmas.”


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Higher VAT on take-away food

Thousands of cafes and restaurants that turned to takeaway to survive the lockdown are not entitled to the full benefit from the 9pc reduced Vat rate introduced to help the sector orevenue0420n November 1.
Hospitality businesses are being warned by Revenue that the Vat reduction announced in the Budget doesn’t apply across the board and many products still attract the higher 13.5pc rate, in some cases only when eaten off the premises.
 Baked goods – core products for cafes – have been kept at 13.5pc, while coffee and tea are on the “second reduced rate” of 9pc. While desserts would be charged just 9pc as part of a sit-down meal, under lockdown rules the Vat is 13.5pc or 21pc when bought as a takeaway item.

Hoteliers welcome Kerry Greenway

Kerry Hoteliers have welcomed the positive news of the Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen Greenway.bersrandles

Bernadette Randles, Chairperson of the Kerry Hotel Federation said, “Kerry is a world class destination & has had a positive response from the domestic tourist in 2020 during the summer months. This year has seen outdoor activities soar and the new Greenway will reinforce this offering in Kerry. We are an ideal destination for adventure tourism & this will further copper fasten the wholesome offering we have as a county.”
This development will be a huge boost for tourism in Kerry, based on the success of the existing Mayo and Waterford Greenways who have seen dramatic growth in leisure tourism with the offering of a greenway. It will deliver a safe and spectacularly scenic route on the Ring of Kerry for both walkers and cyclists alike providing a wonderful amenity.


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Titanic takes top hotel title

Titanic Hotel Belfast has been awarded the title of ‘Northern Ireland’s Leading Hotel’, for the third time in a row, at the World Travel Awards 2020. titanichotel

Adrian McNally, General Manager of Titanic Hotel Belfast, said: “It’s such a unique honour for us to win this international award again. Given the tough year the hospitality industry has faced in 2020 and the agility with which we at Titanic Hotel Belfast have had to adapt the offering for our guests, being named ‘Northern Ireland’s Leading Hotel’ is reassuring, as it proves our guests have continued confidence in us as we navigate these challenging times.  
 “Awards like this anchor us and motivate us in our commitment to continue to grow in our service delivery and reputation as we serve the Northern Ireland and international visitor with nothing less than first class service.  


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