CATEX plans November return
Following 523 days of forced closure for exhibition and trade fair organisers, CATEX – Ireland’s lar...

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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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CATEX plans November return
Tourism Needs Sustainable Step Change
Hospitality Employees Denied Rights
Third Level Courses for Hospitality Workers


Sodexo wins safety award

David Fox, managing director and Susan O’Connor, health and safety advisor for corporate services, Sodexo Ireland with the trophy for Health & Safety Excellence in Facilitiessodexohealth Management, which was won at the 2021 Health & Safety Excellence Awards.
The company’s safety-first culture, embodied in its ‘Have a Safe Day’ programme, was instrumental in the win. The ‘Have A Safe Day with Sodexo’ global programme underpins the company’s ongoing mission to keep its employees and clients safe. In Ireland, the programme is overseen by a dedicated all-island Health & Safety committee led by David Fox, managing director.  The committee sets safety objectives and targets that are tracked weekly, monthly, and reviewed annually.


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€5,500 'Thanksgiving' break at Dromoland

 Dromoland Castle. has launched an 'Irish Thanksgiving' packge which includes dromoland1118

a family-style Thanksgiving dinner, themed activities including wreath decorating, a golf clinic, shopping trips and board games.
  Special calligraphy classes are set to inspire guests with tips and ideas to create beautiful handwritten notes and Christmas cards. 
Prices start from €5,500 per couple based on a Deluxe room category and two people sharing (Tuesday 23rd November to Sunday 28th November 2021.)

Fáilte Ireland Recruitment Campaign

Fáilte Ireland is launching a campaign aimed at attracting workers into the tourism and hospitality industry.staff0921

The recruitment marketing and awareness campaign is targetted at both jobseekers and businesses.
Around nine out of every ten businesses in the sector say they have had difficulty in recruiting new staff with just over two thirds saying they were finding it difficult to rehire workers.
 Failte Ireland estimates that as many as three out of every four workers in the tourism and hospitality sector are new to the industry, meaning that as well as grappling with recruitment challenges there is also a shortage of skilled workers in the sector.
The most significant barrier to recruitment was the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, tourism firms said, with higher wage expectations and a shortage of international workers also impacting.


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Quarantine Contract helps Tifco

New accounts forTifco hotels group show it posted a pre-tax loss of more than €1.1m, as revenues fell to €11.8m from almost €36.5m in 2019.  clontarf1019

 Its hotels include the Crowne Plaza at Dublin Airport, Blanchardstown, and Dundalk. It also has the Hilton Hotel at Kilmainham, the Holiday Inn Express at Dublin Airport and other properties. 
Tifco last year won contracts from the State. A note attached to the accounts says the contracts have continued into 2021.
 Earlier this year, documents from the Department of Health showed the quarantine contract was worth €5.4m for an initial three-month period. 
Directors at Tifco said the pandemic "has severely impacted the business in 2020".


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New Pizza Venture Helps Homeless

'Freshly Chopped' ceo Brian Lee is launching 'Neat Pizza', a new Pizza company in Dublin.BrianLee

Its  first two outlets will be launched in Smithfield and Fairview to-day.

The new venture will offer “authentic Neapolitan stone baked pizzas of the highest quality, using only the freshest ingredients and traditional techniques”, the company said.
Neat will officially partner with Feed Our Homeless. Through the use of digital counters in each location, customers can donate a meal for charity in store and also online. Neat will double all donations to Feed Our Homeless.
Furthermore, a bespoke pizza academy training programme will see Feed Our Homeless and Neat partner to provide participants with certifications in authentic pizza baking through training courses valued at €5,000.


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