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
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CATEX plans November return
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Third Level Courses for Hospitality Workers


Airport Hotels make €5.42m

The group that purchased three airport hotels from the DAA, for around €75m nine years ago last year received €5.42m for two of the hotels.
 In 2006, the CG Hotel Group bought two hotels at Dublin and Shannon airports, along with a third — the former Great Southern Hotel at Cork Airport — for around €75m.
 New accounts show that CG Hotels received €1.92m for the sale of its Cork hotel and €3.5m for the sale of its Shannon hotel last year.
 The Cork hotel had a book value of €613,476 on disposal, while the Shannon property was valued at €868,124. The group has retained its best performing hotel, the Radisson Blu at Dublin Airport.

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.


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