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  • HOTELIERS WELCOME CONTINUED GROWTH IN OVERSEAS VISITORS | Irish Hotels Federation
    VISITORS Figures demonstrate continued momentum for tourism in 2015 The Irish Hotels Federation IHF today welcomed the 14 1 increase in overseas visitors to Ireland for the first three months of the year link to CSO figures Stephen McNally President of the IHF said that the figures indicate a continued strong momentum behind overseas visitors building on last year s performance The outlook for Irish tourism is very positive as the summer season approaches contributing to increased optimism across the hotel and guesthouse sector It is particularly encouraging to see strong growth continuing a pace from North America Britain and the rest of Europe which are vital overseas markets for Irish tourism states Mr McNally This is being underpinned by targeted marketing initiatives from Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland as well as a number of pro tourism initiatives from the Government that continue to assist in attracting overseas visitors Our industry has significantly upped its game on the marketing front in recent years and is now achieving strong cut through in reinvigorating our tourism brand and Ireland s image as a holiday destination says Mr McNally We have without doubt become more imaginative in developing our tourism product and in

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-welcome-continued-growth-overseas-visitors-1 (2016-02-07)
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  • Marketing Network, April 14th 2015 - Sandymount Hotel, Dublin | Irish Hotels Federation
    the 3 rd IHF Marketing Network event in Sandymount Hotel Dublin last Tuesday It was great to see a packed room fantastic speakers and such enthusiasm from all attendees In particular thanks to Susan O Driscoll for hosting and Rebekah Lavelle Ailís Cahalan for helping organise a great event PRESENTATIONS You can download the presentations from both Net Affinity and Olytico here If you would like to contact William Cotter

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/marketing-network-april-14th-2015-sandymount-hotel-dublin (2016-02-07)
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  • IHF News | Irish Hotels Federation
    about Get a Life in Tourism NATIONAL CAREERS Drive LAUNCHED HOTELIERS WELCOME REPORT ON SKILLS REQUIREMENTS FOR HOSPITALITY SECTOR 12 11 2015 HOTELIERS WELCOME REPORT ON SKILLS REQUIREMENTS FOR HOSPITALITY SECTOR Investment in Skills Will Help Drive Tourism Business and Employment Growth Read more about HOTELIERS WELCOME REPORT ON SKILLS REQUIREMENTS FOR HOSPITALITY SECTOR IRISH HOTELS WELCOME AMMENDMENTS TO NEW EU PACKAGE TRAVEL DIRECTIVE 30 10 2015 IRISH HOTELS WELCOME AMMENDMENTS TO NEW EU PACKAGE TRAVEL DIRECTIVE Friday 30 th October 2015 The Irish Hotels Federation IHF today welcomed a number of significant amendments by the European Parliament to new rules for the EU Package Travel Directive proposed by the European Commission Read more about IRISH HOTELS WELCOME AMMENDMENTS TO NEW EU PACKAGE TRAVEL DIRECTIVE Hoteliers Refute Web Summit Claims Statement from Irish Hotels Federation 05 11 2015 IRISH HOTELS FEDERATION STATEMENT WEB SUMMIT Hoteliers Refute Claims Made by Organisers of the Web Summit Thursday 5th November 2015 The Irish Hotels Federation IHF wishes to refute a number of claims made by Web Summit organisers in relation to hotel accommodation for the event Read more about Hoteliers Refute Web Summit Claims Statement from Irish Hotels Federation PRESS RELEASE Hoteliers Welcome Retention of 9 Tourism VAT Rate 13 10 2015 HOTELIERS WELCOME RETENTION OF 9 TOURISM VAT RATE Pro tourism Budget Measures will Support Creation of Thousands of New Jobs Read more about PRESS RELEASE Hoteliers Welcome Retention of 9 Tourism VAT Rate PRESS RELEASE 89 of Irish Hotels and Guesthouses Seeing Upturn in Business in 2015 07 10 2015 89 OF IRISH HOTELS AND GUESTHOUSES SEEING UPTURN IN BUSINESS IN 2015 Quarterly Barometer from IHF Shows Hoteliers Benefitting from Strong Tourism Growth 77 of hotels and guesthouses report an increase in domestic business compared to last year 55 of hoteliers

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  • IHF Marketing Network - Tuesday April 14th, 2015 | Irish Hotels Federation
    booked up and we expect this will be the same so please register now to avoid disappointment You can see highlights from the last event HERE Speakers This meeting will be hosted by Susan O Driscoll in The Sandymount Hotel Dublin and will feature two special guest presentations The first speaker is William Cotter Founder and CEO of Net Affinity an award winning technology design and marketing company working exclusively with hotels with a strategy to drive more direct bookings William will deliver a very interesting presentation exclusively for the IHF Marketing Network entitled Why Design is Critical for Conversion In addition to this we are delighted to welcome a very special guest Stephen O Leary managing director at Olytico with his presentation Listening before you speak how to invent what your customers want Stephen is a highly regarded conference speaker having addressed audiences at events including the Dublin Web Summit and the Sport New Media Conference in Paris RTE TV3 BBC and The Washington Post have all used Stephen s services He is a regular contributor to national media including Newstalk and Tonight with Vincent Browne He s also a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper and a founding

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/ihf-marketing-network-tuesday-april-14th-2015 (2016-02-07)
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  • HOTELIERS WELCOME GOVERNMENT’S NEW TOURISM STRATEGY | Irish Hotels Federation
    important support provided by the Government in ensuring tourism remains at the heart of Ireland s economic policy and in recognising the valuable role played by tourism in growing the Irish economy and generating increased employment The IHF looks forward to working with the Government to achieve the targets set out in the tourism strategy including plans to grow overseas visitors to 10 million per annum by 2025 This would increase annual revenues from overseas visitors to 5 billion and result in an additional 50 000 jobs bringing total employment in the sector to over 250 000 The Government s continued strong focus on tourism is critical for the many thousands of tourism businesses throughout the country and is an important recognition of Irish tourism s potential to continue delivering much needed jobs growth says Mr McNally We ve made significant progress in recent years creating over 33 000 much needed jobs since 2011 However we are only at the beginning of the recovery in Irish tourism A lot more can be achieved as outlined in the Government s tourism policy building on the unprecedented levels of collaboration that now exist between tourism industry partners including closer coordination among businesses local communities state agencies and local authorities Mr McNally notes that there is an increased sense of optimism in the tourism industry as it continues to grow market share and attract growing numbers of overseas visitors He states Our industry has significantly upped its game on the marketing front in recent years with targeted programmes from Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland achieving strong cut through in reinvigorating our tourism brand and Ireland s image as a holiday destination We have without doubt become more imaginative in developing our tourism product and in giving holidaymakers new and compelling reasons to visit

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-welcome-government%E2%80%99s-new-tourism-strategy (2016-02-07)
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  • WINNERS OF QUALITY EMPLOYER AWARDS ANNOUNCED BY THE IRISH HOTELS FEDERATION | Irish Hotels Federation
    presented to winners according to the size of the premises Large Hotel Quality Employer Award The Knightsbrook Hotel Trim Medium Hotel Quality Employer Award The Glenview Hotel Delany Wicklow Small Hotel Quality Employer Award The Skeffington Arms Hotel Galway Congratulating the winners Tim Fenn Chief Executive of the IHF said People are the backbone of Ireland s hotels sector and our wider tourism industry They are without doubt one of our greatest resources playing an essential role in ensuring our guests have a truly memorable and enjoyable stay right from the time they arrive to when they check out The calibre of the entrants to our inaugural awards has been outstanding and is a reflection of the importance hotels and guesthouses place on investing in their employees says Mr Fenn A professional competent and well managed workforce is essential for the future growth and success of our sector and this is clearly recognised by our members The award announcement coincides with National Employment Week 2015 which the IHF supports In particular as a signatory to the Employment and Youth Activation Charter the IHF and its members look forward to supporting jobseekers through a range of work initiatives across the country Large Hotel Quality Employer Award Winner Knightsbrook Hotel Trim Michael Ring TD Minister of State at the Department of Transport Tourism Sport presents Patrick Curran Knightsbrook Hotel Trim County Meath with the IHF Quality Employer Award 2015 large hotel category at the IHF s annual conference Also pictured from left are Tony Lenehan chair of the judging panel Stephen McNally IHF President Tim Fenn IHF Chief Executive Picture by Don MacMonagle Medium Hotel Quality Employer Award Winner The Glenview Hotel Wicklow Michael Ring TD Minister of State at the Department of Transport Tourism Sport presents Denise English and Brian McNamara

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/winners-quality-employer-awards-announced-irish-hotels-federation (2016-02-07)
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  • WIFI FREE-FOR-ALL IN IRISH HOTELS AND GUESTHOUSES | Irish Hotels Federation
    of services most holidaymakers look for before booking their hotel accommodation New research by the Irish Hotels Federation shows hotels and guesthouses in Ireland are leading the way in helping guests stay connected by offering free access to reliable and secure Wifi Over 90 per cent of hotels surveyed state they offer free Wifi to their guests IHF President Stephen McNally told over 500 delegates at its Annual Conference today that Irish hotels stand out from their competitors throughout Europe where the business model for accommodation frequently involves charging guests for Internet access The survey also highlights that some 8 out of 10 83 per cent hoteliers have upgraded and made additional investment to enhance their Wifi offering over the last twelve months with almost half suggesting they will be further investing in the coming year According to Stephen McNally President IHF the importance of access to secure reliable steady and fast Wifi services is a must for guests We know that steady fast secure and reliable Wifi is now as important to our guests than having access to a television in their room Irish hoteliers are very cognisant of adapting and being a step ahead of customer needs so that we can offer new services to take account of our guests changing needs We would be way ahead of the curve internationally where guests are charged on a per night basis for Wifi services In today s world our average guest has at least two devices on arrival which include laptops powerful smartphone with expanded Internet browsing capabilities tablet computers gaming device We need to cater for our guests and all these devices demand that we need to provide extensive bandwidth to ensure speed and best service for our guests The future is exciting but can be challenging for

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/wifi-free-all-irish-hotels-and-guesthouses (2016-02-07)
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  • HOTELS CHIEF CALLS FOR MORE AMBITIOUS TOURISM GROWTH TARGETS | Irish Hotels Federation
    Ireland and Tourism Ireland has been cut by 25m to 119m down 17 resulting in significantly constrained budgets for tourism marketing and development This has come at a time when tourism has shown itself to be an excellent investment for the country contributing over 6 45bn to the economy annually and employing 205 000 people Every euro spent on tourism marketing and development by the State supports 54 in tourism revenues in the Irish economy which is an excellent return on investment by any standard says Mr McNally It is now time to reverse the cuts to tourism funding which were made at a time of deep economic crisis Current low levels of investment cannot be sustained without putting our tourism brand at risk and limiting Irish tourism s capacity to continue to expand and grow market share Breakdown of tourism funding allocation 2012 versus 2015 2012 Total tourism allocation 144m Fáilte Ireland 96m tourism product development and domestic marketing Tourism Ireland 48m overseas marketing 2015 Total tourism allocation 119m down 17 5 on 2012 Fáilte Ireland 79m tourism product development and domestic marketing Tourism Ireland 40m overseas marketing We cannot afford to take the prospects for tourism growth for granted says Mr McNally While strong tourism growth has been achieved over the last two years the industry is only at the beginning of a long journey A lot more needs to be done before tourism reaches its full potential as an engine of growth and job creation Increased funding is now needed to enable us to deliver our tourism product messages more effectively into our target markets Noting that the Government aims to grow overseas visitors to 10 million per annum by 2025 thereby creating an additional 50 000 jobs Mr McNally says While we welcome these targets we

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hotels-chief-calls-more-ambitious-tourism-growth-targets (2016-02-07)
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