Data Protection and Contact Tracing
  By Conor Hogan, Global Privacy Practice Lead at BSI Consulting Services  Many business...

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IFSA/Chef Network Operating Guidelines
Representing over 200 member companies, IFSA (the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance) and Chef Net...

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Brand Building with Video
  Video is a powerful communications tool, but hotels need to have a clear reason for posting ...

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Fáilte Ireland Business Hub supports industry
In response to COVID-19, Fáilte Ireland has created a new online support hub for tourism businesses,...

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Data Protection and Contact Tracing
IFSA/Chef Network Operating Guidelines
Brand Building with Video
Fáilte Ireland Business Hub supports industry


Publicans seek Hospitality VAT

The Drinks industry has called fora  temporary extension of hospitality VAT rate to alcohol in pubs as immediate support for businesses that will struggle with social distancing rules

LVA, VFI and IBEC representative group Drinks Ireland convened to assess immediate impact of COVID-19 on drinks and hospitality industry and consider measures to support businesses, including VAT on on-trade alcohol
EU countries (including Spain and Italy) are using temporary reductions in VAT to provide support to their drinks, hospitality, and tourism businesses
Donal O’Keeffe, CEO, LVA: ‘Government guidelines mean we will operate at 50% capacity or less, yet our VAT burden currently remains the same - this is inequitable and should change, similar to measures taken on VAT in other EU countries’


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'New Dawn' at Ballygarry

After a 15 closure rest Ballygarry House returns to a new dawn and welcomes 135 staff back to work. ballygarry0620

Hotel Proprietor Padraig McGillicuddy delighted to re-open its doors and welcome back the team and guests to the hotel that has been 62 year in the McGillicuddy family.
“This year is the year of the Irish. All business will be home grown and it’s going to be largely based on a quality product with value for money”, said Padraig. “We got plenty of work done on creating a message to satisfy consumer confidence through social media videos. We launched a fun reopening video and we have had over 100,000 views which is a remarkable result. We also launched a video endorsing the measures we are taking to reassure the guest and instil consumer confidence in our Covid practices. Simple things like replacing the traditional Irish handshake with our hand on our heart gesture, a symbol of our love of all things hospitality”


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Adare adds 'Manor Lodges'

Adare Manor has launched a new self-catering offering called Manor Lodges.
The bedroom count of the Manor Lodges ranges from two to four. The two bedroom lodges can accommodate up to four guests and the four bedroom lodges can accommodate up to eight guests.
Each Manor Lodge has its own private entrance, air conditioning, ensuite bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, a dining room and a living room.
The Manor Lodges are located immediately adjacent to Adare Manor dining destination The Carriage House, and are a three-minute walk from the Manor House.

Cork goes 'Al Fresco'

 More on-street dining zones will be served up in Cork city centre over the coming days as diners embrace the city’s first eat-on-the-street experience.

 PrincesStDiners have been flocking to Prince's St to dine al-fresco since Monday and approval is expected within days to allow dining in car-parking spaces on MacCurtain St, it has emerged as City Hall encourages food businesses elsewhere to unite, devise a “coherent and comprehensive” eat-on-the-street proposal for their area, and engage with City Hall.
 Lord Mayor, Cllr Joe Kavanagh, visited Prince’s Street to experience the eat-on-the-street zone himself.

'Safe to Trade' cert for Hilton

The Hilton Garden Inn Custom House hotel has re-opened to the public, having become the first Irish hotel to receive the ‘Safe to Trade’ hospitality industry accreditation, hiltong0620launched in direct response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
 Located on Dublin’s Custom House Quay, the hotel is managed by Amaris Hospitality  and is the first of the Group’s 30 hotels across the UK and Ireland to reopen to the public, following a significant investment of €600,000 in measures to safeguard the health and well-being of employees and guests across its portfolio.
 Ahead of re-opening, Amaris Hospitality has undertaken an extensive training programme with employees and has made significant changes to its hotel operations in all areas as well as the provision of PPE equipment and rigorous cleaning regimes through Hilton’s CleanStay programme which has been designed to deliver an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection to Hilton properties.


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