Members of the Cork Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation gathered to celebrate their traditional pre-Christmas Tourism Dinner, which this year took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa in Little Island.
The "Carnevale" themed dinner was the first such event in three years and recognised the efforts of the hotel and guesthouse community in the Cork region, offering hoteliers the opportunity to reconnect and celebrate with peers and suppliers across the sector.
More than 400 guests attended the black-tie event, and the evening included a posthumous recognition award to Ted Dunne, a prominent DJ and founder of Ted Dunne Entertainment, a Munster-based entertainment agency which supports and provides services to the hospitality sector.
The evening also raised funds for two Cork-based charities, Lisheens House and Cork Counselling Services, with attendees generously donating to their causes via a charity raffle.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of the IHF Cork Branch Joe Kennedy said:
“We are delighted to have had such a turnout to our Tourism Dinner, which enables us to recognise members and employees across the hotel and guesthouse sector in Cork, many of whom have had trying times over the past number of years. It’s great to see everyone enjoying themselves, and we thank Elis and all our sponsors, suppliers, the organising committee, members and guests for their support in making the evening a huge success."