CATEX Reflects Buoyant Industry
CATEX, Ireland’s largest foodservice and hospitality event, returns to the RDS, Dublin from Tuesday ...

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Fellowship for Brian
Brian Bowler of the Montenotte Hotel, Cork was presented with an IHI Fellowship by Michael Mallon, c...

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Paul's Lifetime Achievement
Paul Boksberger was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the IHI Founders Banquet

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Helen is a Fellow
Helen Fahy, head of quality and culture at The Doyle Collection receives her IHI Fellowship from Mic...

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CATEX Reflects Buoyant Industry
Fellowship for Brian
Paul's Lifetime Achievement
Helen is a Fellow


Bookers to end 'misleading practices'

Expedia and trivago are among six online hotel booking sites that have agreed to changes to end misleading sales tactics and hidden charges after a probe by the UK competition watchdog., Agoda, and ebookers were also investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after it raised “serious concerns” over tactics used in the sector.
The CMA said the sites have voluntarily committed to the measures, including changes to make search results clearer, to end pressure selling, make discount claims more transparent and display all compulsory charges.
 The CMA said it will “do whatever it can” to bring the rest of the online hotel booking sector up to the same standard.

Castlemartyr Loss

Castlemartyr Hotel has posted  a loss of €564,700 last year.
 New accounts filed by Castlemartyr Country Hotel Resort Ltd cover the 12 months to the end of March 2018. Revenues increased 7% to €10.1m in the period.
In the accounts, the directors state that they plan changes in marketing and refurbishment to increase sales and help put the company into the black.
British businessman Martin Shaw bought the 220-acre resort for €14m in September 2015.

'Red Dublin' celebrates China NY

 For the fourth year in a row, some of Dublin’s best-known buildings are lighting up in red to mark the 2019 Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Pig, which officiall


y begins tomorrow (Chinese New Year’s Day is Tuesday, 5 February). The illumination has been organised by the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in conjunction with Dublin City Council.
 Pictured are HE Dr Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland; opera singer Neria Wang; and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at the illumination of The Mansion House..
 Numerous civic buildings and other sites around Dublin will be illuminated in red, including:
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UAE up 63%

Since the announcement of visa-free travel for Emiratis to Ireland in early 2018, a major travel company in the Middle East – dnata Travel – has experienced a +63.5% increase in year-on-year travel from the UAE to Ireland. 
A new report for 2018, compiled by dnata Travel, shows a +55% increase in travel arrangements to Ireland made within 14 days in advance of travelling and a +9% increase in bookings made within three days of travel, indicating the benefit of visa restrictions being lifted. In addition, the report reveals a +9% increase in solo travellers, with bednights and average booking spend also experiencing a year-on-year growth.
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Gleneagle wins Tourism Award

The Gleneagle Group was the only hotl company to win at the inaiugural Irish Tourism Awards.
The Killarney-based group took the award for 'Best Inniovative Place to Stay'.
 gleneagle complexOther awards winners included 
Best International Marketing Initiative- Pharos Reizen van ANWB
Best International Access Initiative-  Aer Lingus
Best Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Experience (Over 50,000 Visitors)- Cliffs of Moher Centre
Best Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Experience (Under 50,000 Visitors)- A Taste of West Cork Food Festival
Best Ireland’s Ancient East Tourism Experience (Over 25,000 Visitors)-  House of Waterford Crystal
Best Ireland’s Ancient East Tourism Experience (Under 25,000 Visitors
Winner)-  Driftwood by Vagabond Tours of Ireland
Best Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands Tourism Experience- Lough Key Forest & Activity Park
Best Dublin Tourism Experience (Over 100,000 Visitors)- The Little Museum of Dublin
Best Dublin Tourism Experience (Under 100,000 Visitors)- Pearse Lyons Distillery
Best Festival / Event Experience- St. Patrick’s Festival
Best Food / Beverage Experience- Galway Food Tours
Best Meet in Ireland Business Tourism Innovation-  Odyssey International DMC
Best Environmental Tourism Innovation-  Vagabond Tours of Ireland
Best Innovative Place to Stay-  The Gleneagle Group
Best Entrepreneurial Tourism Innovation- EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum


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