Six Irish hotels for 'Worlds'

Six Irish hotels have won country awards at the European round of the World Travel Awards.


The awards were announced at a ceremony in Sardinia last night.
The World Travel Awards, now in their 23rd year,are decided by open vote.
Turkey's Ciragen Palace Kempinski Istanbul was named as Europe's best overall hotel, while the leading hotels in Ireland are :
Ireland's leading hotel: Powerscourt Hotel Resprt & Spa: Ireland's leading boutique hotel: Dromoland Castle: Ireland's leading business hotel: Shelbourne Hotel:Ireland's leading hotel suite: Presidential Suite @ The Westbury
: Ireland's leading luxury hotel: The Conrad, Dublin: Ireland's leading spa resort: Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa.

Ballygarry Brasseries Opens

The doors have opened to The Brasserie at Ballygarry House which is part of the latest investment of €2.8 million in development to the four star Kerry Hotel Ballygarry Hous


e Hotel and Spa. 
  Pictured are Padraig McGillicuddy Proprietor, Cathal Nugent Dep General Manager, Thys Vogels Hotel Manager, Tadgh McGillicuddy Food and Beverage Manager, Rimantas Romaska Duty Manager.
  The project, led by proprietor Padraig McGillicuddy now tops the total investment in the property since he took over at the helm in 2003 at the age of 28 to €16 million euro. 
Under the leadership of Padraig, a third generation hotelier, the property has evolved and grown to become a 64 bedroom property which now sits on 25 acres of land. 
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Hotels plan hi-tech spend

Largely in an effort to keep up with customer expectations, hotels are planning to add—and make better use of—a wide range of technologies. According to Hospitality Technology’s annual Lodging Technology Study, 54% of UK hotels plan to invest in more technology in 2016 than they did in prior years. This level of investment is projected to represent an average hotel technology budget that exceed 6% of revenue.
Supporting this investment in technology is the recent growth in the hotel sector. The study reported that occupancy for 2015 reached levels not seen since 1981. Likewise, the sector has a strong economic outlook for 2016.
Here are a few findings from the Lodging Technology Study.
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'Micro' hotel for Dublin

 Andrew’s Lane Theatre is to be re-developed as a micro-hotel with compact guestrooms and basic services.
The investors behind the new city centre hotel are looking to build a seven-storey development that will include 115 pod-like rooms of between 10sq m and 12sq m .
 It will ber similar to capsule hotels in Japan and USA

Profits Rise at Conrad

 Pre-tax profits at the firm that owns the exclusive five-star Conrad Hotel in Dublin last year increased by 11% to €1.025m.
 According to accounts just filed for the 191-bed hotel, the business enjoyed the rise in pre-tax profits after revenues increased by 7%, going from €12.16m to €12.95m.

 Shareholders last year agreed to inject €2.6m into the business to fund a capital expenditure programme.
The filings by Earlsfort Centre Hotel Proprietors Ltd show that the hotel was revalued and has a book value of €20.7m resulting in a surplus on revaluation of €4.85m.
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The new accounts also reveal that during the year, bank loanswith Nama were refinanced with AIB and all charges held by Nama were satisfied.


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