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IFSA/Chef Network Operating Guidelines
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Curtis Joins Windward

Windward Management, a leading Hospitality Management company managing and operating hotels across Ireland and Continental Europe, has today announced the appointment of Brendan Curtis as its new Chief Operating Officer.
 curtisHe will take up the position with immediate effect.
Brendan joins Windward from Vanquish Hotels, a company he founded and directed since 2008. A very experienced practitioner in hospitality management, he has previously held the positions of CEO and COO of Choice Hotels Ireland and regional management positions with Forte Hotels in the UK.
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Food Festival Grows

The Midleton Food and Drink Festival has expanded this year to accommodate a huge variety of events and activities planned in the East Cork town. The festival w


ill run for nearly two weeks this year with the main food and drink festival taking place on Saturday, 12 September 2015.
 Pictured are Tommy Keane, production director of Irish Distillers with Andrea Gunn  of Midleton & Area Chmabe.
 As part of the festival, the main street of Midleton will be transformed on Saturday 12 September and will host to a number of food and drink demonstrations from local and national producers. There will also be a petting farm, street entertainment and music, a children’s craft fair and much more.

Profits up at Dublin Double Tree

A 20% jump in average revenue per room at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Dublin last year contributed to pre-tax profits increasing almost eightfold to €2.15m.
New accounts filed by the hotel’s owner show that the business achieved the sharp rise in pre-tax profits after revenues rose 17% going from €19.73m to €23.13m.

Dublin Airport Traffic up 11%

Air traffic at Dublin Airport rose by 11 per cent last month with an average of 585 flights arriving or departing every day, according to new figures from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).
Overall, the total number of flights passing through Irish airspace was up 7.4 per cent in August compared to the same month a year earlier. There was an average of 1,776 daily flights, with the busiest day being August 20th with 1,875 flights in Irish airspace.
At the State’s biggest airport, there was an average of 585 flights per day, up 10.9 per cent as against August 2014. Air traffic at Cork Airport also returned to growth, albeit at a modest 1.3 per cent with an average of 64 commercial flights a day.
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Funding for Tourism Projects

 Failte Irelaand has announced €1.2m in funding for capital projects in Ireland’s Ancient East along with an additional €600k for the first stage of branded signage for all counties within the region.
 The €1.2m Capital funding is the first phase of investment through Fáilte Ireland’s ‘New ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme and is for an initial 12 projects within the Ireland’s Ancient East initiative. It is expected that projects in every county within Ireland’s Ancient East will be supported through the scheme over the coming months.
 This first phase of funding under the ‘New ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme follows a Fáilte Ireland call for applications from interested parties across the region. Fáilte Ireland is currently assessing a number of further applications from that call and will be announcing another round of funding before the end of the year.
Launched last April, Ireland’s Ancient East is Fáilte Ireland’s latest tourism initiative and seeks to build on the wealth of historical and cultural assets in the east and south of Ireland. The new initiative seeks to give visitors a personal experience of 5000 years of Irish history through a journey of discovery stretching from Carlingford to Cork and is intended to match and complement the Wild Atlantic Way in terms of scale and ambition.
The capital funding announced in today’s first phase of the ‘New ideas in Ancient Spaces’ Capital Grants Scheme is being awarded to:
·         Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park Ltd - enhanced visitor experience, County Kildare (€29k);
·         Titanic Connections, Cork (€50k);
·         Uisneach Interpretative Centre, County Westmeath (€65k);
·         Tholsel Visitor Centre, Fethard, County Tipperary (€198k);
·         Redevelopment of Powerscourt Visitor Interpretation Experience, County Wicklow (€80k);
·         Athlone Castle – Enhancing the Visitor Experience, County Westmeath (€76k);
·         Hook Lighthouse Guided Tour Experience, County Wexford (€80k);  
·         Journeys of Exploration, Anglo Irish Heritage at Blackrock Castle, Cork (€160k);  
·         Dunleckney Maltings, Carlow (€200k);  
·         Birr’s Anglo Irish & Early Christian Heritage, County Offaly (€84k);
·         Boyne Valley: Waterway through Time, Trim, County Meath (€86k);
·         Ancient Stones, Untold Stories – St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower Interpretation Project, Kilkenny (€80k).


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