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


Flogas supports Arts project


 John Rooney, managing director Flogas Ireland at the Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work, (Derrigimlagh) 2020, which is powered by renewable energy sources supplied by Flogas Ireland. It marks the second year of its Energy partnership with the Galway International Arts Festival and can be seen at Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara from 28 August to 18 September 2021.

The successful collaboration for the 2020 GIAF won both partners the Award for ‘Best Use of Creativity in the Community’ at this year’s Business to Arts Awards. Flogas also teamed up with Galway firm Brite Mobility to offer free electric bike trips on dedicated e-bikes to organisers, artists, accredited staff, volunteers and ticketholders for the run of the festival. Twenty Flogas branded zero carbon electric bikes will be based at Brite’s five central locations for handy zipping around Galway city.
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Restrictions to end by 22nd October

And end to most Covid-19 restrictions has been announced by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, who said Ireland had “kept our head as a country”, followed the best health advice michealmartin0520and stuck together during the worst of the pandemic.

While Mr Martin stressed that the Government would not hesitate to “respond quickly” should a sharp increase in infections threaten to overwhelm hospitals, the latest reopening plan, if implemented as envisaged, will see almost all restrictions removed by October 22nd.
The Taoiseach set out a plan for a phased lifting of the remaining restrictions. Public transport will revert to full capacity from Wednesday, and next Monday will bring an easing of limits on indoor and outdoor events and religious services.
There will be further changes on September 20th, when offices will begin to reopen. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he expected people to embrace “blended working”, dividing their time between home and the workplace.
From October 22nd, rules on physical distancing and mask-wearing in most circumstances will lapse, though face coverings will still be required on public transport, in healthcare settings and for indoor retail. A review of the need for masks in classrooms has been requested.
In an address to the nation, Micheál Martin said sectors that have been shut can “hope again” as he announced the Government’s plan for the next two months.
The changes announced are:
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Industry reservations on re-opening

Irish hospitality industry associations have expressed  reservaions on the latest plan to ease Covic restriuctionelaina
 The Irish Hotels Federation has urged the Government to reconsider the exclusion of indoor hospitality from the 60% capacity limit announced for other indoor events from the 6th September.
IHF President Elaina Fitzgerald Kane said: “It is very disappointing to hear that indoor hospitality is excluded from the easing of restrictions for indoor events. We urge the Government to reconsider its position given the track record of hotels in providing safe and controlled environments for indoor hospitality. The numbers of guests permitted should be linked to the capacity of the venue for hospitality gatherings, including wedding, similar to other events. While welcome the broader easing of restrictions, the lack of clarity around indoor hospitality is very concerning.”


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Tourism operators upgrade websites

Operators of 40 tourism businesses across Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands are unveiling new and improved websites following funding and development support from Fáilte Irelandheartlands0921 through the Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands Website Improvement Programme. 
The training and investment programme (grant scheme) was launched in Summer 2019 and was designed especially for visitor attractions and activity providers to help improve the digital shop window of visitor experiences across the Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands region.  
Mark McGovern, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands Manager at Fáilte Ireland, said: 
“We launched our Website Improvement Programme to increase the attractiveness of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands by improving the websites of visitor attractions and activity providers in the region. The digital footprint of a tourism business is one of the most powerful tools for attracting visitors and enabling visitors to book experiences online is an important next step. Each website really is the shop window for people planning a visit to Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and now, as we look towards recovery, the digitalisation of the tourism sector is more important than ever.  


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Potato sculpture recalls Famine

A famine memorial featuring more than 1,000 handblown glass potatoes has arrived at the Ulster American Folk Park.potatoes
'1845: Memento Mori' by Seattle-based Irish artist Paula Stokes is on display at Ulster American Folk Park until November 7.
The piece, which took 15 years to complete, arrives at the museum following time at both Strokestown Park House in Roscommon and Johnstown Castle Estate in Wexford.
The title of the project references the year that the potato blight came to Ireland, marking the beginning of a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration.
Ulster American Folk Park is the only location in Northern Ireland that will host the exhibition.
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