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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Third Level Courses for Hospitality Workers
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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.

Lake Hotel Leads Eurpope

 The Lake Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry, Ireland has achieved the EFQM Business Excellence 5-star Award at an event organised in Dublin by the Centre for Competiveness in association with EFQM Europe.  The Lake Hotel is the first hotel in Europe to achieve 5-star accreditation at its first application under the EFQM business framework, making


 history for the EFQM organisation.
Pictured after the presentation of the awards and the Crown Plaza Santry Hotel were: (from left) Aoife Hickey, Sales and Marketing Manager; Tony Huggard, Managing Director, Ashley Purcell, Reservations and Revenue Manager; Niall Huggard, General Manager; Sarah Mannix, HR Manager and Tony Roche, Financial Controller, all of The Lake Hotel, Killarney

Two Spiders for WAW

Fáilte Ireland’s won two accolades at  the eir Spider Awards 2015 which took place in the Double Tree by Hilton, Dublin.   Established in 1996, the eir Spider Awards are now i


n their 20th year making them the longest standing and most prestigious internet awards in Ireland. 
The Failte Ireland digital team is pictured after receiving the awards was awarded the top prize in 
- Best in Travel, Sport, Leisure and Tourism
 - Digital Geography and Location Based Services
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Hostelworld raises €180m

 Irish travel website Hostelworld has raised €180 million from its Initial Public Offering (IPO) on both the Dublin and London stock markets.
The company, which also owns Hostels. com and, began trading today on the Irish Stock Exchange’s main securities market.
Its initial offer price was set at 185 pence a share (€2.55), valuing it at about €245 million.
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30,000 for final Web Summit

 Every hotel bed in Dublin will be filled this week at the city hosts the Web Summit for the last time.
 Hotels have achieved premium rates for most of their rooms and many restaurants are also booked out.


 The Web Summit is taking place for the final time in Dublin this week before the tech conference’s departure for Lisbon, Portugal.
More than 30,000 are expected to attend, including 1,000 investors, 800 journalists and 2,000 start-ups from around the world. There will be 21 side-summits taking place, including a start-up summit, an investor summit, an accelerator summit, a data summit, a code summit and a music summit.
Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull, Slack chief executive Stewart Butterfield, Gilt chief executive Michelle Peluso, Tinder co-founder Sean Rad, CSI: Cyber producer Mary Aiken, and Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, will attend.
The tech conference will host a careers event on Wednesday evening, where 100 students will be invited on stage to ring the closing bell of the Nasdaq stock market.


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