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€9m Conferences for Galway

The Galway Convention Bureau has confirmed that it has secured just over €9 million of new conference and event business for Galway 

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which will deliver over 5,600 international delegates to Galway in events to take place up to 2022. 
The Galway Convention Bureau, formerly the voluntary marketing group, ‘Meet in Galway’ promotes Galway as a destination for international meetings, conferences and events and has recently secured Fáilte Ireland status as a convention bureau. The addition of the status will allow the Galway Convention Bureau to align with national strategy in regard to attracting international business tourism, create and promote the profile of the region and generate leads for the region and its members.
 
 Welcoming the new business, Darragh O’Connor, Galway Convention Chairperson said that Galway was now firmly established in the global business tourism arena;
 
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Late surge boosts 2017

Research from property services firm Cushman & Wakefield has revealed that as a result of three large deals in the final quarter of 2017, the total hotel investment turnover for Ireland last year amounted to almost €260 million.
 However, despite the strong activity recorded in 2017, the total value of deals and volume of sales did not top the €720 million record set in 2016, when upwards of 50 deals were completed, as opposed to the 30 of last year. This was attributed to a slowing in the sale of distressed assets by the banks.
 Significant deals highlighted by the research included the sale of Dublin's Gibson Hotel, the sale of Carton House in Co. Kildare, and the sale of the Knightsbrook Hotel of Trim, Co. Meath. The figures do not include unconventional sales such as the acquisition of Jurys Inn by Pandox and Fattal Hotels.
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Kilashee grows revenue and profit

Operating profits at the four-star Killashee House hotel in Co Kildare jumped by 71pc to €1.95m in 2016.

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This followed revenues at hotel firm Craigfort Taverns Ltd increasing by 10pc, going from €10.9m to €12m.
 The hotel is owned by Tetrarch Capital. Other hotels in the group include the Marker hotel in Dublin, Mount Juliet in Co Kilkenny and the five-star Powerscourt hotel in Co Wicklow.
 The 141-bedroom hotel located near Naas was previously owned by businessman, Jack Tierney. Craigfort Taverns in 2016 recorded pre-tax profits of €3.7m - mainly attributable to the company enjoying a €2.5m reversal of previous impairment losses on tangible and financial assets.
 
 

Ferrycarrig takes Wedding title

The Ferrycarrig Hotel in Wexford was named 'Wedding Venue of the Year' at the 2018 Irish Wedding Awards. 

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The Caterer of the Yeartitle  went to Andrew Holmes Catering (Greystones)
 The Ferrycarrig  was short-listed amongst 38 other strong contenders for the Wedding Venue of the year title.
 
Awards also went to:
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CIE Tours promotes winners

CIE Tours International has announced this year’s winners of its Awards of Excellence, honoring 84 Irish tourism partners who have been rated “best of the best” by CIE Tours

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 customers. Thirty thousand travelers who took Irish tours last year with Ireland and Britain’s largest tour operator rated their favourite hotels, dining experiences and attractions, resulting in 14 Gold and 70 Merit Award honorees.
 
Cabra Castle (pictured), won the four star hotel award.
CIE Tours is shining the spotlight on award winners with seven brand-new custom itineraries designed as self-drive or private driver packages, which include options for a range of budgets and interests. 
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