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Dalata narrows losses

Losses at Dalata narrowed to €37.8m in the first half of this year, from a loss of €70.9m in the corresponding period last year.clayton
The company, whose brands include the Maldron and Clayton hotels, reported a positive adjusted earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation of €1.4m in the six months to June 30 driven by “strong operational management.”
Revenue of €39.6m was down 51pc compared to the corresponding period last year, with the tourism sector particularly impacted by Covid restrictions.
Occupancy levels for the first half of this year fell to 19.9pc from 34.3pc in the same period last year.
The company said there has been increasing demand for staycations since hotels fully re-opened for leisure in May in the UK and June in the Republic of Ireland.
Occupancy levels across its hotels were at 44pc in June, increasing to 58pc in July and 68pc in August.
The company has a “robust” balance sheet backed by €1.2bn in property, plant and equipment.

Tourism Ireland welcomes President Macron

Tourism Ireland welcome the visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, which, it says, ' is good news for future tourism from France and a unique opportunity to convincemacron0821 potential holidaymakers in one of our largest tourism markets to visit Dublin and Ireland'.
Pictured near Trinity College Dublin are (l-r) Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland; French President Emmanuel Macron; Allison Gilliland, Lord Mayor of Dublin; Taoiseach Micheál Martin; and Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe.
During his time here, the French President visited Trinity College and the Book of Kells, as well as Sweney’s Pharmacy on Lincoln Place, which featured in Joyce’s Ulysses. A large media contingent travelled here to cover the visit, bringing the story to millions of people across France. Tourism Ireland aims to inspire people to come and follow in President Macron’s footsteps. The organisation helped arrange the illumination of a number of Dublin landmarks in the colours of the French flag – including the Samuel Beckett Bridge, Trinity College and the Custom House.


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Conference season 'almost lost'

Nicola McGrane, chief executive of Conference Partners International and co-chairwoman of the Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (AIPCO), claims theCCD10 20 latet Government re-opening plan will come too late to save what’s left of the conference season, which typically runs from March to October.
Events in the conference sector are booked months in advance and because organisers have had no clarity on when the sector is to be reopened or what the vaccine protocols, social distancing rules, capacity levels are likely to be, they have been unable to take bookings.
“The season is effectively over. The big events have gone elsewhere,” McGrane says.


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Martin lobbies for gigs return

Any move to put off easing restrictions until the vast majority of people over 16 are vaccinated would lead to an unacceptable delay for the live events sector, the Minister forgig Culture has warned Coalition colleagues.
The State’s public health team has said that a high threshold will have to be met in terms of Covid-19 vaccinations and other criteria before all legal restrictions can be lifted.
The National Public Health Emergency Team has written to Government and said that more than 90 per cent of people over the age of 16 would have to be vaccinated fully before the next exit from pandemic measures can be considered.
Furthermore, other criteria would have to be met such as all indicators being stable or improving in terms of incidence and case numbers. This would mean that it will be October before any major changes happen, although the Cabinet Covid-19 subcommittee which meets today will compile final recommendations to be agreed at a full Cabinet meeting next week.


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McDonalds supports FoodCloud

McDonald’s Ireland will provide €50,000 and continue to donate surplus food to the non-profit organisation FoodCloud as part of a new partnership.
The funding will be used to provide the equivalent of 150,000 meals to a network of more than 700 charities and community groups across the country.
FoodCloud’s hubs in Cork, Dublin and Galway distributed 77 per cent more food in 2020 than in 2019 along with an additional increase in demand for logistical support. The increase was due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the country.
Since their first donation in March 2020, McDonald’s has provided 31 tonnes of food that FoodCloud has redistributed to more than 153 charities and community groups.
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