Travel journalists from Hong Kong and senior representatives from Cathay Pacific visited Ireland in advance of the inaugural Dublin-Hong Kong service which launched yesterday.
They are pictured at the Guinness Storehouse.
The journalists are representing a range of high profile media outlets, including the Hong Kong Economic Times, Sky Post, Apple Daily, The Standard, Sing Tao Daily, South China Morning Post and the Hong Kong Economic Journal, which have a combined audience of around 300,000 readers. The aim of the visit is to highlight the new direct flight from Hong Kong to Dublin to those readers, as well as some of the many things to see and do here on a holiday.
Irish and International gastronomy experts gathered in DIT Cathal Brugha Street to honour Darina Allen and Tom Jaine as they received the Dublin Gastronomy Symposiu
m Fellowship awards. The awards recognise the trailblazers, leaders, mentors, and visionaries in the Gastronomy, Food Studies, and Culinary Education community both in Ireland and internationally.
Darina is pictured with symposium director Mairtin Mac an Iomaire.
Darina Allen, a DIT Alumnus, is Ireland’s best-known cook, co-founder of the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School, writer of several best-selling books and presenter of Irish cooking programme – Simply Delicious. A tireless ambassador for Irish food both at home and abroad, Darina has been instrumental in setting up the Farmers’ Market Movement in Ireland. She is the councillor for Ireland for the Slow Food Movement and President of the East Cork Convivium of Slow Food. Through the East Cork Educational Fund, she runs a programme for local primary schools to help children learn about food from garden to plate.
Tom Jaine is a former restaurateur, a food writer and, until recently, the publisher of Prospect Books. He worked as an archivist from 1964 to 1973 and as a restaurateur from 1974 to 1984. From 1984 to 1988,
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Newbridge Silverware is aiming to increase visitor numbers by 100,000 a year with the launch of a new factory tour and museum expansion this month. This is in addition to the 350,000 visitors it attracts annually.
It follows an investment of more than €300,000 in improving its tourism offering, and the company expects to create 10 additional jobs.
For the first time, the factory will be open to the public who will be able to see first-hand the craft of creating sterling silver and silver-plated tableware as well as the many jewellery and gift items which Newbridge Silverware produces.
As well as the addition of the factory tour, its Museum of Style Icons has been extended as part of the investment to create a new exhibition space for visiting attractions.
The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co. Waterford has become the first venue in Waterford to complete the Fáilte Ireland’s Accredited Services Excellence Programme. T
he Programme is aimed at helping tourism businesses reach the highest standards in customer care, which can result in major benefits such as business growth, additional repeat business, increased visitor spend and p
Pictured are Dr Dean Panter, Fáilte Ireland with Adriaan Bartels, the Cliff House Hotel
Speaking at the presentation of the Accreditation, Dr. Dean Panter, National Development Manager with Enterprise & Hospitality at Fáilte Ireland said that the Programme is an important aspect of Fáilte Ireland’s business development and training supports.
“The Accredited Service Excellence Programme is aimed at helping tourism businesses strengthen competitiveness and to help differentiate Ireland from its international competitors as a location where the customer is at the centre of everything a business will do. It provides an opportunity for the Irish tourism industry to be recognised for ‘best in class’ customer service and great visitor experiences and we are delighted to present the Cliff House Hotel with accreditation.”