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


NI Tourism Growth

Tourism Ireland has welcomed the figures for overseas visitors to Northern Ireland for the first nine months of 2015, issued by NISRA . The figures confirm that we welcomed more than 1.5 million overseas visitors between January and September, up +11% on the same period in 2014. Holiday visitors accounted for almost half a million overseas visitors (+12%); and, more importantly for the economy, revenue from overseas visitors to Northern Ireland grew by +9% during this period (£378 million).
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World Goes Green for Ireland

Tourism Ireland announced that the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and Nelson’s Column in London will go green this year to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, as part of the organisation’s seventh annual Global Greening initiative.


New ‘greenings’ for 2016 will include 7 World Trade Center at Ground Zero in New York, the famous Big Wheel on Place de la Concorde in Paris, Mole Antonelliana in Turin (the architectural symbol of the city), the light rail system in Addis Ababa (the first light rail system in sub-Saharan Africa) and City Hall in Tel Aviv. Also, the famous Boston Red Sox (baseball team) will wear green jerseys on St Patrick’s Day, for their spring training game in Florida. And their home ground, Fenway Park in Boston, will also join in the ‘greening’ fun – with the inside of the ballpark, the scoreboards and the ‘Green Monster’ (high left field wall) all set to be illuminated in green.
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Hotels Seek €300m Tourism Spend

 The Irish Hotels Federation has warned that a lack of investment in the country’s tourism industry is jeopardising growth and has called for €300m to be invested to address the issue. The hotels’ body made the call in its pre-election submission which suggests €60m should be spent a year for the next five years on tourism products and infrastructure.
 This would equate to just 1% of annual tourism export receipts over the same period, according to the IHF.
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Loss at KFC operator

The company that operates the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise across Ireland precorded a loss last year.
Accountsjust filed  by Herbel Restaurants Ltd show that the firm recorded the losses after incurring exceptional costs of €4.4 million relating to the write-off of an inter-company loan and incurring a €5.6m loss on the disposal of fixed assets.
The firm,which is owned by Michael Herbert, one of the North’s best known businessmen  recorded pre-tax losses of €8.76m in the 15 months to the end of March last year. It had profits of €737,426 in 2013.
Over the 15-month period, revenues increased to €18.33m from the €16.16m recorded over the previous 12 months.

IASI Honours Vivienne

Vivienne Brogan was honoured by her peers when she received the President's Award at the 16th annual IASI Conference in Wexford.

A former accommodation services manager at the Red Cow and Dublin Airport Hotels, Vivienne has 

mentored many young accommodation services managers. She was joined at the ceremony by members 


of her family.

The 16th IASI Conference held in Westport, hosted by Accommodation Manager Madeline 

Dermody from Hotel Westport attracted a record number of delegates.

The afternoon session was chaired by Micheline Corr from The Firm and speakers included Training and HR expert Anne Trebett from The Fitzwilliam Hotel and the Cartoonist Philip Barrett who persuaded the delegates to take up their pencils tap into the right side of the brain system an

Cllr Lisa Chambers welcomed IASI President Ines Guerra, her Council and 280 attendees to the Gala Dinner and to Mayo.d recall the value of doodling, free drawing and mind mapping.

The Supreme Five Star Award was won by The Marker Hotel Dublin, other finalists in this category were The G Hotel Galway and Ashford Castle.  The Four Star Winner was The Hodson Bay Hotel Athlone and The Tower Hotel Waterford celebrated their Three Star Award.


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