Magner Heads IHF

The Irish Hotels Federation has elected Michael Magner, a hotelier with 30 years' experience, as its 40th president, succeeding Denyse Campbell.

A native of Killeedy, Co Limerick, Michael is owner of  Cork’s Vienna Woods Hotel. He has studied hotel management and holds a master’s degree in business in HRM from the University of Limerick. He began his career in hospitality aged 16 in Newcastle West, Limerick, going on to work at the Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. 

He has been an active member of the IHF since 2006 and has served as chair of the Cork branch, a two-year term as national vice president, and as a member of the national council and management committee. He currently sits as chair of Cobh Heritage Trust and is a director of Visit Cork. 

Michael said:

"Our industry has gone through remarkable changes in recent years, not least influenced by the impact of a global pandemic, soaring business costs, rapid consumer inflation, economic uncertainty, climate change and the impact of global geo-political crises. In the face of all of this, our members have displayed resilience and adaptability. However, some members are facing greater challenges, depending on their location and business mix. Quite simply, more needs to be done by Government to support these businesses, which are core to our tourism proposition, delivering exceptional Irish hospitality."