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


Table Service for McDonalds

Table service is to be rolled out across McDonald's restaurants in Ireland as the operation here last year bucked the fast food giant's global trend and increased sales.
 The rise in revenues last year was attributable to sales growth in existing outlets along with the revenues generated at three new locations: Kilkenny, Ballincollig and Dublin airport.
 As part of this in 2016, table service is to be rolled out through a number of McDonald's restaurants. The move is in response to customer feedback.

Aramark agrees to buy Avoca

The Pratt family has agreed a deal to sell it's chain of shops and cafes to the listed US catering group Aramark for a price rumoured to be upwards of


 €60 million.
Avoca’s new owners plan to “internationalise” the brand, raising the prospect of eventual expansion into the US market, where Aramark is listed on the New York stock exchange.
The deal is subject to approval from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, owing to Aramark Ireland’s extensive catering interests in this country. Aramark operates in 23 countries overall.
The sale, the result of talks ongoing since the spring, was finalised in Dublin yesterday. Simon Pratt, the managing director and second generation of Pratts to run the business, informed its founders, his parents Donald and Hilary Pratt, last night.
 Mr Pratt’s siblings, Ivan and Vanessa, will remain involved in Avoca along with the founders, while Simon Pratt will retain his current role and he will also join the senior management team of Aramark Ireland.
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Andrew heads Galway Radisson

The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway has appointed  Andrew Drysdale as General Manager. The Shannon native, joins from Farnham Estate Golf & Spa Resort, Co. Cavan where he worked as General Manager since 2012. 


 Andrew has been working with Carlson Rezidor since 2002 when he took up his first assignment at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Limerick and has successfully progressed through the ranks with roles in the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Cavan, Park Inn by Radisson Shannon and also in previous years as Assistant Manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa in Galway. Andrew is delighted to return to Galway to take up his new role as General Manager and is looking forward to the challenge of leading the hotel forward and onto a new chapter.
Originally from Tullyvarraga Hill Shannon, Andrew attended St Patricks Comprehensive before studying hotel management at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.

Ireland Meets 'West End'

Fifty (50) leading British meetings and events professionals enjoyed a taste of Ireland, at the annual ‘Ireland Meets the West End’ event in London.
 britmtgPictured are Ray Kearney, Trump International Doonbeg; Eithne Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel; Ciara Gallagher, Fáilte Ireland; and David Boyce, Tourism Ireland.
 The B2B event saw the buyers meet, and do business with, some 36 tourism businesses from the island of Ireland. ‘Ireland Meets the West End’ is an annual event which was bigger than ever this year. It is organised by Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI, to grow business tourism from Britain to Ireland, in 2016 and beyond. It proved to be a valuable opportunity for the Irish companies to showcase and sell their product for 2016 and to communicate what is unique about Ireland as a world-class destination for doing business.
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Allergen Tool for Restaurants

A new online and mobile compatible tool has been developed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland  to assist Ireland’s 22,000 food service businesses identify and manage allergens in the food they serve. The easy-to-use facility was launched by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to help food businesses comply with their legal requirements to display allergen information on food so that consumers can make more informed choices about the food they purchase. The tool is an additional application as part of the FSAI’s MenuCal calorie calculator, which is available free-of-charge. MenuCal enables food service businesses to calculate calorie values in the food they serve to customers.
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