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Tifco paid €45.7m for Travelodges

The TIFCO hotel group paid €45.7m for the purchase of the 12-hotel Travelodge business in Ireland, the 'Irish Independent' reports to-day.
That is according to accounts for TIFCO's holding company Halstonville Ltd, which also confirm that the group also paid €13.3m for the Parliament hotel and the adjacent Fashion House building in Temple Bar in Dublin in July 2016.
The group has since secured planning permission for a 77-bedroom extension to the hotel. The €45.7m paid for the Travelodge business on December 1 2016 doubled the money Richard O'Sullivan and Seamus McGowan paid for Travelodge's Irish business in 2004 in a €22.5m deal.
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Galgorm to host World Spa Awards

Galgorm Resort & Spa has been named 'Global Spa of the Year 2017' at the World Luxury Hotel Awards held  in St. Moritz in Switzerland.


The  Co. Antrim Resort beat off international competition to be recognized by this global organization for its world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests.
 The win put the Resort on the radar of the Awards organizational committee, who after al site visit to Northern Ireland at the end of 2017, announced that Galgorm Resort & Spa had been selected as its host property for the 2018 World Luxury Spa & Restaurant Awards.
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Ryanair adds Shannon flights

Ryanair has added two new routes and increased frequency on an existing service between Shannon Airport and the UK.


The airline has put on sale its new three times weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays) Liverpool service from May 19 and a twice weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) Bristol service from May 17.
Ryanair has also added Tuesdays and Wednesdays to its Manchester service from Shannon, which will now run six days a week.
The two new services bring to 17 the number of destinations that will be served by Ryanair from Shannon this year.

'Red Dublin' marks Chinese 'Dog Year'

 For the third year in a row, some of Dublin’s best-known buildings will be lighting up in red to mark the 2018 Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Dog, which begi


ns t to-day Friday, 16 February. The illumination has been organised by the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in conjunction with Dublin City Council.
  Numerous civic buildings and other sites around Dublin will be illuminated in red this week, including: Brown Thomas, Carmichael House, City Hall, Civic Offices in Wood Quay, The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), Guinness Storehouse, The Mansion House, National Concert Hall, St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Sin É and The Westin Hotel.
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Training Programme for tourism front-liners

Ensuring that international visitors receive the best possible customer care is one way for Ireland to strengthen its competitiveness as it fights for more overseas tourists. This


 was the message as Fáilte Ireland launched a new industry training programme - the Accredited Service Excellence Programme – which will train front-line staff across all sectors of a tourism business to maximise their potential in customer relationships and satisfaction.
  Paul Keeley, Director of Commercial Development at Fáilte Ireland stressed that the current challenges, regarding Brexit, currency volatility and competing internationally, necessitate that all tourism businesses focus on their individual competitiveness. Naturally, part of this involves pricing but providing good value also includes what a business offers for the prices it charges. Competitiveness can be boosted by improving the offer and this is where increased customer service can be so important.  
Mr Keeley said:
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