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


Fame for Clare Smokehouse

An article showcasing the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna appeared in a recent edition of Göteborgs-Posten newspaper in Sweden, profiling the award-winning smokehouse to more than 470,000 readers – or potential Swedish holidaymakers for Co Clare and the West of Ireland.
Göteborgs-Posten is a major daily newspaper published in Gothenburg, with about 472,000 readers. Tourism Ireland in the Nordic Region, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, invited journalist Anna Rehnberg to visit Ireland last October, to interview and profile three Swedes living in Ireland – including successful businessman Lars Pettersson, Sofie Skehan Larsson (married to chef Donal Skehan) and Birgitta Curtin (owner of the Burren Smokehouse).
The article about the Burren Smokehouse appeared under the headline Birgitta blir vis på sin rökta lax (meaning “Birgitta gets wise on her smoked salmon” – a reference to the salmon of knowledge!). Birgitta described what made her fall for this part of Ireland: “Det var musiken, landskapet men framför allt människorna som bor här!” (which roughly translates as “It was the music, the scenery but especially the people living here!”).
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Conference Ambassadors Honoured

Fáilte Ireland honoured 79 ‘Conference Ambassadors’ at its inaugural Conference Ambassador 


Recognition Awards ceremony at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
Pictured are Shaun Quinn, Failte Ireland, Dara O'Briain, MC for the evening, Miriam Kennedy, Failte Ireland, Frank Stapleton, Conference Ambassador of the Year and Michael Cawley, Chairman Failte Ireland.   
The recipients, from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, were given the awards for bidding and hosting an international conference or event in Dublin. Hosted by comedian Dara Ó Briain, the event acknowledged that the Ambassadors, nominated by the Irish conference and meetings industry, had delivered a collective total of almost 73,000 international delegates to Dublin between 2011 and 2014, injecting over €101m into the economy. This news comes as the World Congress of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) have confirmed that they will hold their 2018 conference in Dublin attracting 2,500 delegates and valued at €3.5m (see more in note to editor).
Three individuals, who have had a significant impact on international conferencing in Ireland, were singled out with special awards at the ceremony. The Conference Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Brian Stapleton, Managing Director of Periploi Aviation, for his significant contribution to Ireland’s business tourism sector. Brian has been instrumental in delivering a total of seven International Air Transport Association (IATA) conferences to Dublin valued at €5.6m to Irish economy, with another five future conferences in the pipeline with an estimated value of €5.4m.
The candidate selected for Outstanding Contribution to Business Tourism during the Gathering was Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President of Alltech, who chose to host eight international Alltech business events in Ireland during 2013. During that year of The Gathering, Pearse brought a total of 3,000 international delegates to Ireland.
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Febvre Launches Wine Month

Wine Distributor, Febvre & Company Limited introduces FEBVREUARY®, a month of wine discover

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y, taking place around Ireland throughout February.  The FEBVREUARY® events, open to trade only, will include wine tasting from Febvre’s portfolio as well as allow attendees meet visiting winemakers; attend educational seminars and learn the latest in global consumer wine trends for 2016.  The full diary for the month can be seen on and, as places are limited, it is necessary to book your place in advance to attend the event of your choice.
Week One:
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New Look for Clare Tourism

Clare Tourism launched its new brand, Visit Clare, and details of a new website for tourism in the county


 at its annual networking evening in Treacy’s West County Hotel.
 More than 300 tourism representatives gathered at the free business-to-business event which provided tourism providers with the opportunity to showcase their respective operations to the wider County Clare tourism industry. 
Tourism information stands hosted by hospitality and tourism operators were complemented by food tasting stands promoting Clare’s growing food tourism offering.
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Isabel is top Travel Writer

Isabel Conway was presented with the Travel Extra Journalist of the Year Award at a ceremony held to coincide with the annual Holiday World Show. 
 Ten other winners, each for different holidaying categories, were announced at a dinner in Thomas Prior House, Ballsbridge which was attended by the cream of Irish travel and tourism writers and broadcasters.  The event was sponsored by the Spanish Tourism Office, Salou.  The award winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of senior Irish journalists. This year saw a huge increase in the number of submissions from previous years, displaying the creativity and continuing innovation of travel and tourism journalism in Ireland.
The category winners were:
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