Covid creates Vera Foods
Covid 19 has played a role in creating an exciting new food business for two hospitality professiona...

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Optimizing Covers in Phase Three
John Girvan, Manager at catering supplier Alliance Online Ireland (, shares so...

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IFSA/Chef Network Operating Guidelines
Representing over 200 member companies, IFSA (the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance) and Chef Net...

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Brand Building with Video
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Covid creates Vera Foods
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Brand Building with Video


WAW Hat Trick at Tourism Awards

Three tourism businesses located along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way were winners at the World Responsible Tourism Awards held at the World Travel Market, London. Loop Head Tourism, Clare 


collected the gold award for ‘Best Cultural Heritage Attraction’ while Cnoc Suain in Galway scooped silver in the same category. Connemara Wild Escapes were also winners picking up a silver award in the ‘Best for Engaging People and Culture’ category.
 Pictured are Cillian Murphy, Chairman, Loop Head Tourism, Co. Clare, Fiona Monaghan, Manager, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland and Brian Coakley, ActiveME, Digital Media Provider and Project Manager. 
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Sodexo's €21m Food Spend

“Sodexo Ireland will spend €21 million on local Irish food in 2015”, said Margot Slattery, country president, at its Culinary Masterclass in Ballymaloe .


 Pictured are Julianne Forrestal, executive craft chef with Ken O’Riordan purchasing manager, health & wellbeing ambassador Stephanie Roche and Margot Slattery, country president at the Sodexo Masterclass.
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Visa Regime Costing 615,000 Jobs

 The European Travel Commission (ETC), the organisation responsible for promoting Europe as a destination, has called for reform of the way visas are granted to leisure and business travellers and it said the benefit to Europe’s economy could be in excess of €114 billion in export revenue and 615,000 new jobs by 2020.
 At the World Travel Market in London  Peter De Wilde, President of ETC, said: “Europe is losing share of global tourism arrivals and our visa regimes are a contributory factor in this decline. It is the view of ETC that liberalisation of Europe’s visa regimes for leisure travellers is essential for the continent to maximise its share of the benefit from global tourism growth in the decades ahead.” And he called for immediate action: “It is within our power to change this and to improve our tourism competitiveness. At a time when Europe needs to create new employment, particularly amongst our youth, pro-tourism policy initiatives can deliver a strong return on investment and can do so in a relatively short timeframe”.
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Injunction in Hotel Rent Row

The High Court has granted an injunction preventing the new landlord of a Dublin city centre hotel taking possession of the premises in a dispute over rent.
JJ Red Holdings Ltd, which has operated as the 30-bedroom Dublin Citi Hotel since 2007, obtained the interim order against Henciti Ltd, landlord of the Dame Street premises. Henciti is seeking just over €1 million which it alleges is owed in rent arrears.
JJ Red Holdings denies that sum is due on grounds including that it had agreed rent reductions with the previous landlord.
Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted an injunction restraining the defendant interfering with JJ Red Holdings enjoyment of the premises pending determination of the proceedings.

Tifco Buys Kilmainham Hilton

Developer John Lally’s Lalco has sold the Hilton in Kilmainham, Dublin to Tifco Hotel Group,acording to a report in to-day,y 'Irish Times'.
Tifco confirmed  that it had bought the property, which it will continue to operate as a franchise under the Hilton brand. As a result, it will both own and manage the hotel.
The group has a similar arrangement with the InterContinental Group, from which it has franchised the Crowne Plaza brand, under which three of its properties, in Dublin and Dundalk, Co L


outh, are run.
The deal means that the Kilmainham hotel is also joining the same stable as the five-star Heritage in Killenard, Co Laois; Clontarf Castle in Dublin; and the Metropole in Cork, which are among the properties Tifco manages.
Lalco owns and runs seven hotels in Dublin, Galway and Limerick, including the five-star Westin in the capital and Kylemore Abbey in Connemara.
 Lalco has agreed a deal with Nama under which it will repay its debts to the State agency by 2020.
Tifco owns and manages a portfolio of five-, four- and three-star hotels in Ireland and Germany under a number of brands.


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