Optimizing Covers in Phase Three
John Girvan, Manager at catering supplier Alliance Online Ireland (www.allianceonline.ie), shares so...

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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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Optimizing Covers in Phase Three
IFSA/Chef Network Operating Guidelines
Brand Building with Video
Fáilte Ireland Business Hub supports industry


Tourism Jitters as Sterling Weakens

Huge uncertainty surrounds the impact of Brexit on Irish tourism.
The most immediate concern is the weaknesss of sterling which makes Irish holidays more expernsive for UK visitors and a furher fall of 2pc against the US dollar this morning will fan these jitters.
 Critically however, the euro has also weakened and this will go some way towards bolstering up the value of the Irish product. The euro was as low as 69p against sterling last November and is now around 80p. Industry sources believe that if it remains at around this level Irish tourism can weather the storm, but some forecasters predict parity between sterling and the euro is a possibility before year end, which woujld cause Ierish tourism veruy serious problems.
 Meanwhile Irish tourism organisations have reacted to the Uk vote.
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NAMA cfo joins Amaris

Amaris Hospitality, has announced the appointment of Donal Rooney as its new CFO.


He joins Amaris  from the National Asset Management Agency (“NAMA”) where he was Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for finance, operations, systems, treasury, tax, corporate change, audit and risk. Prior to joining NAMA, he worked for Arthur Andersen and subsequently KPMG where he was a Director in its audit and advisory division.
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Chiswick post for McIntosh

Michael McIntosh has been appointed F&B Manager at the 227-bedroom Clayton Hotel Chiswick in West London.
 McIntosh joined the hotel in January 2016 as Guest Relations Manager but now becomes F&B Manager as the hotel?s £21m refurbishment nears its completion.
 mcintoshHe will oversee all the hotel's food and beverage provision, managing a team of 15. His previous experience has included positions with MacDonald Hotels and with Jurys Inns. 

Skills Shortage Threatens Hotel Growth

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs indicates that up to 5,000 chefs are needed annually between now and 2020 to keep pace with demand, yet, only about 1,800 qualify each year from certified culinary training programmes, according to a report in the 'Irish Times' to-day..
“Shortages of commis chefs feed into shortages at higher and specialist levels, for example, demi chefs, chefs de partie, and pastry chefs,” the Expert report states.
Across the wider hospitality sector, there are gaps in basic skills and experience at entry and junior level and at management level. There is also a need for tourism entrepreneurs and product development.
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FBD Hotels grow earnings

 FBD Hotels & Resorts grew its earnings by 48 per cent to €9.2 million last year, according to a statement released today.
The company told the annual general meeting of its owner, Farmer Business Developments, that its hotels performed strongly in a recovering market last year.
As a result, earnings before interest, tax and write-offs were €9.2 million last year, 48 per cent more than in 2014.
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