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Powerscourt Hotel in profit

The company that operates the five-star Powerscourt Hotel in Co Wicklow has reported net profits of €1.62m. according to a report in the 'Irish Examiner'


Accounts filed by Sugarloaf Ventures Ltd also show revenues increased 12% to €20.59m last year. The accounts benefited from a corporate tax credit of €506,322.
CEO of Tetrarch Capital, Michael McElligott said: “We’re very pleased with the material increase in turnover at Powerscourt Hotel, and equally as important, we continue to see significant improvements in our profitability compared to previous years.”
 The hotel has seen strong growth in visitor numbers from the European and US markets.
The hotel includes 194 rooms, including 93 suites and a 30,000sq foot spa with 20 treatment rooms, as well as two golf courses.
 Tetrarch also operates the Marker Hotel in Dublin, the Mount Juliet resort in Kilkenny, Citywest in Dublin and the Killashee House hotel.

10,000 meeting Sales Blitz

Fáilte Ireland  hosted the first in a series of custom-made workshops  yesterday as part of a targeted 2018 sales drive to enable Irish tourism operators to pitch directly tothe 


global travel industry.  Over the next few weeks in excess of 200 Irish tourism businesses will engage in over 10,000 one-to-one meetings with approximately 100 important British, Canadian and Long Haul tour operators at workshops hosted by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with overseas marketing agency Tourism Ireland.
In the Hotel Westport, Co Mayo, a group of key British travel agents will attend the first of these events, Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Great Britain Coach and Group Workshop’.  
 Pictured are Oonagh Kelly, Failte Ireland, Fiona Delahunty, Griffin Hotel Group, Shannon Forrest, Fethard Horse Country Experience, David McCoy, House of Waterford Crystal and Caroline Rice, Heritage Ireland 
 Next up are:
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Neil has Insights

Tourism Ireland has announced the appointment of Neil Aulton as Head of Strategy & Insights. Neil will be responsible for Tourism Ireland’s extensive research programme, fo


r market intelligence and analysis which will inform the organisation’s corporate strategy and the development of world-class marketing programmes. This research will also provide depth and breadth of insight to support the wider tourism industry and island of Ireland policy-makers.
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Campaign targets 'culturally curious'

A new Tourism Ireland campaign with Stena Line, to boost car touring visitor numbers and to promote Ireland’s Ancient East, Dublin and the Wild Atlantic Way, kicked off in Britain yesterday.
 steThe campaign, which will run until mid-October, is targeting iportant ‘culturally curious’ audience and includes:
-       radio ads, which will reach about 6.2 million listeners in London, South West England and South Wales – on Classic FM, Smooth Radio and regional radio stations; competitions will also run on Classic FM and Smooth Radio;
-       online ads on popular websites, reaching millions more British travellers; and
-       ads on Facebook.
Tourism Ireland is also promoting Stena Line offers on its website and social platforms.
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Dalata moves towards Liffey Valley hotel ownership

 Dalata said this (Monday) morning that it has acquired the long leasehold interest of 33 suites in the Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley, Dublin 22, bringing its goal of obtaining outright 


ownership of the hotel closer.
Earlier this month Dalata completed the acquisition of the core Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley, incorporating 158 bedrooms, the leisure centre, meeting rooms, reception, bar & restaurant, car-park and two vacant retail units. The listed hotel group acquired the property from by US fund Colony Capital, and intends to rebrand it as a Clayton Hotel in the last quarter of 2017.
It has now entered into an agreement with Martin Ferris as receiver to acquire a further 33 suites, the equivalent of 99 rooms, for a price of €8.58 million, in cash. It is expected that the transaction will close later this month.
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