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Smart Meetings at Park Inns

Park Inn by Radisson hotels in the UK & Ireland have launched the new global Smart Meeting & Events hospitality concept, offering consistent Connection, Choice and Community to modern business get togethers. Smart Meetings & Events are designed to deliver the right type of smart food, drinks, event spaces and technology to support varying guests’ life and work styles.

The Smart Meetings & Events concept focuses on core elements including Connectivity; providing guests with Surf4Free Internet access throughout all hotels, on smartphone, PC or tablet. Anytime. Anywhere.

Fresh, colorful and engaging, Park Inn by Radisson is passionate about Choice, offering a great selection of global destinations, flexible spaces, a valuable selection of packages, plus, a uniquely delicious and nutritious Smart Food menu.

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GroupLeader Goes Live is now live and ready to start sending group bookings to hotels in Ireland.


The travel start-up’s launch will be complemented by an innovative digital marketing and affiliate campaign driving group organisers looking to plan trips to Ireland. Irish hoteliers should expect to receive requests from group organisers in the coming weeks as has already received a number of enquiries about booking group accommodation ranging from golfing and cycling trips to sport teams and special interest groups.

The team recently exhibited at ITB Berlin at the Tourism Ireland stand and at the Irish Hotel Federation Conference (Showtel) at the Knightsbrook Hotel in Meath.

Pictured are H.E. Michael Collins, The Ambassador of Ireland to Germany; Richard Sears, Business Development Executive,; Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport; Fergal O’Brien, Managing Director,; Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive, Tourism Ireland


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Bank May Sell Hotels

Ulster Bank is weighing up the sale of more than €400m of Irish hotel assets in Dublin 4 which once belonged to developer Sean Dunne, sources told Bloomberg.

Royal Bank of Scotland's Irish unit plans to sell loans and hotels in portions to generate more income.

Sean Dunne bought the former Berkeley Court , the Towers Hotel and Jurys Hotel for about €380m. Ulster Bank, Rabobank Groep and Kaup- thing Bank took control of the hotels in 2009, while Mr Dunne was granted bankruptcy protection by the High Court last year.






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Hotel Sales Soar in Q1

Property consultants, Savills, report that the value of hotel sales in the first quarter of 2014 is 150% higher than this time last year.

A total of 13 hotels worth almost €85m were sold in the first three months of the year. This compares to a total of six, worth €34m, in Q1 2013.

Savills also report that, while the volume and value of transactions are significantly ahead of this time last year, the figures do not factor in the number of hotels that are also now sale agreed.

Significant hotel sales in Q1 included the Hilton Hotel Dublin for approx. €30m and the former Clarion Dublin Hotel Airport Hotel, and Doonbeg Golf Resort, both in the region of €15m.

Dublin properties launched in the last week include the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links (€20m) and the Pearse Hotel(€9m), with the Westin Hotel due to come to the market shortly.




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Brehon Interest in Citywest

Brehon Capital Partners, the Swiss co-owner of the Marker hotel in Dublin and the Powerscourt hotel in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, is preparing an offer for part of the Citywest hotel complex built by the late developer Jim Mansfield.

Brehon has written to Capitacorp, a representative of about 120 individual investors who paid €52 million to Mr Mansfield for a development of suites at the west Dublin complex, to enquire about buying them out.

The 140 Citywest Golf Suites units have been shuttered for several years and the investors have been unable to gain access to their properties while the rest of the complex has been in receivership.

The suites are not under the control of the receiver, Martin Ferris, who is currently trying to close the sale of the rest of the Citywest complex for about €30 million. The receiver is understood to have control only of the lobby area of the suites complex.


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