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Dublin bids for 'Smart Tourism' title

Dublin will this week compete for the title of 2022 Smart Tourism Capital at the annual European Capital of Smart Tourism Awards which takes place to-day in Brussels. smart1021
The European Capital of Smart Tourism recognises innovative and smart tourism practices in European cities. Dublin’s Smart Tourism initiative is a Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland programme, in partnership with Smart Dublin, Dublin City Council Culture Company and Dublin’s four Local Authorities. Dublin is one of the first European cities to prioritise a specific Smart Tourism programme supported by a full-time programme manager. 
Since 2020, Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council and Smart Dublin and Dublin City Council Culture Company have been working in partnership on Dublin’s first Smart Tourism Programme, with the aim of making the city a smart tourism destination, using the city’s expertise in technology to deliver a superior tourism experience. 
Dublin has been shortlisted along with Bordeaux, Venice, Florence, Ljubljana, Palma and Valencia for showcasing outstanding, innovative and sustainable tourism practices. 
Gothenburg and Malaga shared the prize in 2020 for introducing accessibility apps for events and festivals, as well as building an event impact calculator which calculates the
effect of events from an economic, social, and environmental perspective. 


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Armada recruits from Beach Hut

The Armada Hotel in Co Clare has announced the creation of 100 new jobs as part of a of a €3 million redevelopment plan due for completion in February.The four-star hotel hasarmada1021 launched a recruitment drive, which will be headquartered from a beach hut by the sea at Spanish Point, to attract talent from across the island to posts which include more than 30 hospitality roles.

The renovation, which was placed on hold last year due to the pandemic, will see the delivery of a large extension housing a new 90-seater restaurant with a sustainable energy kitchen and an ocean bar. There will also be a private dining area for parties of up to 12.

The remainder of the renovation works will take place in January when the hotel is closed to guests.

Court orders reconsideration of hotel's rates

The Commissioner of Valuation has won a High Court order directing a reconsideration of how commercial rates were calculated for the company operating well known nightclubcoppers0720 Copper Face Jacks and a hotel on Dublin’s Harcourt Street.
The commissioner says the rates should be calculated based on a €1.75 million estimated net annual rental valuation (NAV) of the premises and he asked the High Court to determine legal issues arising from a decision of the Valuation Tribunal reducing the NAV to €1.155 million.
The case arose after the valuation office completed a revaluation of business premises in the Dublin City Council area in 2013, applicable to rates charged from 2014.
 Brenagh Catering Ltd, which operates the Jackson Court Hotel on Harcourt Street, and Copper Face Jacks, which operates from the basement of the hotel premises, had appealed to the tribunal that the €1.75 million NAV was excessive. It proposed a NAV of €840,000.
The tribunal’s 2016 decision on a €1.155 million NAV arose after it provided for 11 per cent to be applied the nightclub’s door and cloakroom revenue of €3.2 million and an allowance of some €200,000 to reflect the agreed “exceptional” expertise of the occupier.


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Doyle Collection 'uptick' following €90m loss

The head of the Irish-owned Doyle Collection hotel group has said there has been a “clear uptick” in bookings from American visitors planning to travel to Ireland next year.westbury0618
Commenting to The Irish Times about its results for last year, Pat King, chief executive of the hotel chain, described 2020 as an “exceptionally challenging year” for the group. “The stop-start impact was felt right through the business and is reflected in the 2020 results,” he said.
Accounts for Doyle Hotels (Holdings) Ltd show it recorded turnover of just €34.1 million last year, down from €148.3 million in 2019. The group posted a pretax loss of €90 million in 2020 compared with a profit of €8.4 million a year earlier.
The group also took a €47.9 million write-down on its assets. 


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Business closed for Covid rules breach

One business was ordered to close for 72 hours for ”persistent” breaches of Covid indoor dining rules following countrywide inspections by environmental health officers.

The HSE revealed that the District Court granted an emergency cessation order in relation to a single employer “where persistent non-compliance was observed”.
Under the rules, those offering indoor dining must ensure only people who can prove their immunity can dine or drink indoors.
A total of 69pc of employers were found to be compliant by the HSE inspectors, following 5,621 compliance checks in businesses offering indoor dining under the regulations.
Another 28pc were found to require additional compliance measures, and around 2pc found to be non-compliant.
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