The Walter Raleigh Hotel of Youghal, Co. Cork, is offered for sale by CBRE with a guiding price of €2.5 million under instructions from Nick Ryan.
The 40-bedroom boutique hotel features a selection of en-suite rooms with sea views, a ground-floor ballroom with capacity for up to 300 people, and two restaurants entitled The Walter and Blackwater, respectively.
Additionally, the venue comes with fully-equipped modern kitchens and a rear car park, as well as offering easy access to Cork city and Waterford via the N25.
The newly-elected President of the Irish Hotels Federation Michael Lennon (picturede receiving his chain of office from outgoing president Joe Dolan), has set out his objectives
for his two year term of office.
His key priorities include mitigating the risks posed to the industry from Brexit, tackling the high cost of doing business in Ireland, increased marketing and product development support for tourism, particularly in the regions, and the continued expansion of skills and training support for employees within the tourism and hospitality industry.
A fifth generation hotelier with over 25 years’ experience in the hotel sector, Mr Lennon becomes the 37th President of the IHF.
A native of Co Carlow, Michael Lennon is a graduate of the College of Catering, Cathal Brugha Street. He began his career in Chicago before returning to Ireland, where he initially worked with the Great Southern Hotel Group before joining Brian McEniff Hotels. Together with his wife, Joanne McEniff, he owns and runs the Westport Woods Hotel, which they bought over twenty years ago.
The outgoing President of the Irish Hotels Federation called for the €300 million allocated to tourism in Project Ireland 2040 to be frontloaded, saying that the actions set out
within the plan will have a real and lasting influence on Irish tourism’s future success.
Joe Dolan, (pictured with Failte Ireland ceo Paul Kelly amd Tourism Ireland ceo Niall Gibbons), was making his final address as President.
Currently the allocation is weighed towards the second half of the plan. Speaking at the Federation’s 80th AGM and Annual Conference in Cavan, Mr Dolan said that sustaining Ireland’s tourism success depends on a strategic approach by Government and other state partners to marketing, tourism and hospitality skills provision, as well as a specific focus on regional tourism development, so that tourism benefits those rural areas outside the key urban centres and traditional tourism hotspots
Irish hoteliers are looking to technology as part of their efforts to grow overseas visitor numbers. According to an industry survey* undertaken by the Irish Hotels Federation
(IHF), which is holding its 80th Annual Conference in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan many of the hoteliers planning capital expenditure projects during 2018 intend to invest in new technology to augment business operations and improve guest experiences . “Our focus as a sector is on improving customer satisfaction. Increasingly technology can help us to deliver that,” says Joe Dolan, President of the Irish Hotels Federation.