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Hospitality Employees Denied Rights
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Third Level Courses for Hospitality Workers
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Hospitality Employees Denied Rights
Third Level Courses for Hospitality Workers
IFSA/Chef Network Operating Guidelines


Dublin 22nd on 'Accessible' list

 Dublin is ranked 22nd among the most accessible cities in the world for people with disabilities. dublin0120.jpg
 A new report by Essential Living has ranked 38 major cities around the world in its ‘Taxi Rank’ report which found which are the best and easiest cities to travel by Uber, and which were the worst. 
 Ranked by average cost, convenience, vehicle options and availability the world's top 10 accessible cities for travel are Washington, New Delhi,Cairo, Madrid, Prague
Santiago, Lisbon, Vienna, Zagreb and Los Angeles
 The report found Washington, New Delhi and Cairo to be amongst the best cities to travel by Uber, making these the top 3 travel-friendly cities to visit for anyone with a disability. 
 Rome, Auckland, Rio De Janeiro, Athens and Antwerp were amongst the least accessible.

Shelbourne Hotel posts €8.52m loss

Pre-tax losses at Shelbourne Hotel Dublin operator  KW Shelbourne Ops Ltd last year increased to €8.52 million on the back of declining revenues compared with a deficit ofshelbourne 1117 €650,000 a year earlier. The firm’s loss last year takes account of non-cash depreciation costs of €4.94 million.
The Shelbourne Hotel last year took a €30 million revenue hit due to the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, according to accounts just lodged for the company that operates the property.
The Shelbourne’s income declined by 71 per cent from €42 million to €12.2 million.
The directors state in the accounts that the reduced turnover was as a result of Government-imposed lockdown restrictions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The directors state that since the hotel reopened in June 2021 “domestic trade has been robust and the return of international guests has commenced”.


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Dromoland revenue down €15.7m

Accounts for 2020 for Dromoland Castle and The Inn at Dromoland show the two hotels last year sustained a €15.7 million or 68.5 per cent revenue hit due to Covid-19 shutdowns.dromoland1118

Revenues at Dromoland Castle Holdings Ltd fell from €23 million to €7.23 million in 2020, while the company recorded a pretax loss of €3.3 million due to the pandemic.
The loss takes account of non-cash deprecation costs of €2.08 million and interest charges of €409,610.
The hotel company last year received €2.29 million in State Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme payments.
Revenues from rooms declined from €11.74 million to €2.87 million and food and drink revenues fell from €8.9 million to €3 million.

Tourism Plan for Clew Bay

Fáilte Ireland has launched a new plan that will help drive and sustain tourism in Clew Bay, Co. Mayo. Entitled the ‘Clew Bay Destination and Experience Development Plan’, theclewbay1121 plan aims to create a sustainable tourism destination by extending the tourism season and spreading business across all parts of the region over the next five years.

Key stakeholders in the area and the local community were consulted and inputted into the plan including Mayo County Council, the Office of Public Works, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Westport Chamber of Commerce and local tourism marketing groups as well as many local tourism operators and networks.
 The focus of the plan builds on a number of destination development projects that will bring local experiences to life including the restoration of the house and gardens at Westport Estate, the enhancement of the visitor experience at Croagh Patrick and a number of trails to encourage visitors to explore the region including the Clew Bay Bike Trail.


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Dominos plans 650 Irish jobs

Pizza delivery company Domino's is to create 650 jobs across the country, including management positions, team members and contract drivers over the next two years.dominos

Domino's already has a workforce of 2,200 across its 86 Irish stores.
Scott Bush, CEO of Domino's Pizza Group Ireland, said the company remains committed to opening new stores in Ireland.
It recently opened a new store in Liffey Valley in Dublin and have two more nearly ready to open their doors. It is currently working on ten sites in the next 12 to 24 months, it added.
Domino's said it continued to deliver a strong performance during the year and the company said that demand is expected to remain strong between now Christmas.
It pointed out that with 90% of store managers starting out as team members, the new jobs present "a fantastic opportunity for ambitious job seekers to enhance their skills in leadership and organisation".


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