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  • STATEMENT – GARTH BROOKS CONCERT CANCELLATIONS | Irish Hotels Federation
    Damage to Irish Tourism 8th July 2014 The Irish Hotels Federation IHF states that the cancellation of all five Garth Brooks concerts has dealt a severe blow to Irish tourism and will have a direct impact on hundreds of tourism businesses in Dublin and further afield Stephen McNally President of the IHF says The shambolic situation we now find ourselves in with the cancellation of all five concerts is nothing short of a disaster for our tourism industry We have 400 000 people who had planned to visit Dublin now left disappointed many of whom will stay at home The knock on effect in terms of reputational damage is extremely negative for Ireland and how we are viewed by potential overseas visitors The Garth Brooks concerts represented a major tourism event this year with huge interest both at home and from overseas visitors particularly from the UK and rest of Europe We estimate that over 70 000 people from overseas planned to attend and many of these will have intended to travel outside of Dublin as part of an extended trip So the impact will also be felt further afield across the country This situation was entirely avoidable adds Mr

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/statement-%E2%80%93-garth-brooks-concert-cancellations (2016-02-07)
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  • Garth Brooks Concerts - Statement Regarding Cancellations | Irish Hotels Federation
    have an extremely negative impact on Ireland s image abroad as a tourist destination disrupting the travel plans of many tens of thousands of visitors who would now be left disappointed IHF President Stephen McNally says that the cancellation would deal a blow to tourism businesses The Garth Brooks concerts are a major tourism event this year and hotels have seen enormous interest both at home and from overseas visitors

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/garth-brooks-concerts-statement-regarding-cancellations (2016-02-07)
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  • Hoteliers have Positive Outlook for Summer Season | Irish Hotels Federation
    in advance summer bookings compared to the same period last year 4 reported a decrease and 24 noted no change 67 of hoteliers noted a growth in domestic tourism and a rise in advance bookings from Great Britain 54 and the United States 45 with 75 of hoteliers reporting an overall increase in business levels so far this year With an outlook of increased and domestic advance bookings 42 of hoteliers state they expect to increase staffing levels over the coming 12 months However a pipeline of qualified staff was raised as a concern with seven out of ten 73 hotel and guesthouse owners expressing difficulty recruiting qualified craft entry level staff compared with 64 at the same time last year Along with ensuring qualified staff are available for upcoming positions and making sure Irish tourism remains competitive in Europe hotel and guesthouse owners expressed renewed concern regarding pressures on their cost base citing excessive Local Authority Rates being a key concern with some 81 state it is having a negative impact on their business Local Authority Rates are the biggest single cost that hoteliers have no control over and the IHF is calling for a 30 reduction on these rates to ensure Irish tourism s ability to compete effectively for domestic and overseas tourists These rates are particularly affecting hotels located in rural areas that are exposed to weak domestic consumer demand Other pressing concerns highlighted in the recent survey of hotel and guesthouse owners include utility costs 73 excess capacity 43 and consumer confidence 31 Accessing standard normal credit facilities from their banks over the last 12 months is still an issue for 24 of respondents Tim Fenn Chief Executive of the IHF states Despite the upturn the hotels sector is still a number of years away from

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-have-positive-outlook-summer-season (2016-02-07)
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  • IHF Diploma in Digital Marketing | Irish Hotels Federation
    who have an enormous amount of experience in the hotel industry in addition to Conor Pope of Irish Times who teaches in the area of content writing More details on the content of the diploma can be found HERE Who is the course suitable for The course is suitable for General Managers Owners staff with responsibility for or interest in Marketing Sales Revenue Reservations or anybody looking for a foundation in digital marketing This course would also suit those with experience in digital marketing looking to get a recognised qualification When will the classes be held The course will run for 13 weeks starting Monday the 30 th of June and classes will take place every Monday until the 22 nd of September Class times will be 6 9pm Where will the classes be held The classes will take place in the Irish Times Training building on Tara Street Dublin 2 How much does it cost The normal cost for this course is 1 500 All IHF member Hotels Guesthouses are eligible for our members rate of 899 a direct saving of over 600 Check out some of the feedback we ve received from participants so far When we surveyed the participants of the current IHF Diploma in Digital Marketing ALL respondents rated the course either very good or excellent Here is what participants are saying about the course What I found great about the Diploma in Digital Marketing is that the trainers made it specific to the hospitality industry What I was learning was practical and all of which I could integrate into my marketing plan straight away Susan Burke Sales and Marketing Executive Fitzgerald s Woodlands House Hotel The Diploma in Digital Marketing offers the perfect combination of the most up to date trends opinions and best practices

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/ihf-diploma-digital-marketing-1 (2016-02-07)
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  • REPORT SHOWS SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS MADE IN RESTRUCTURING IRISH HOTEL SECTOR DEBT | Irish Hotels Federation
    two years indebtedness remains a pressing issue for many hotels outside large urban areas such as Dublin The conference which takes place in Dublin s Clyde Court Hotel Tuesday 10 th June examines the progress being made in restoring financial sustainability to Ireland s hotel sector and explores investment opportunities as the sector enters the next phase in addressing the high level of overhanging debt With total hotel debt estimated at 5 3bn down from 6 7bn at the end of 2011 Prof Ahearne s report reveals that a further reduction of 1 4 billion is required to bring hotel debt to a sustainable level This would return hotels to a financial position where they could operate on a long term sustainable basis and commit to investment in ongoing maintenance refurbishment renovation and innovation and thereby grow employment The report shows that while debt per hotel bedroom decreased from 113 250 to 92 750 over the last two years progress has been uneven Advances have been made in urban areas especially Dublin city which have been successful in attracting international investors However many medium sized and smaller hotels especially outside of urban areas still require investment and debt restructuring Prof Ahearne calls for a focus on restructuring balance sheets to restore financial strength to the industry He states that part of the solution should involve making funds in the recently announced Ireland Strategic Investment Fund available for investment in hotels that are viable but undercapitalised Stephen McNally President of the IHF states A financially sustainable hotel industry is crucial if Irish tourism is to live up to its full potential in terms of growth and employment Since 2011 tourism has created more than 23 000 additional jobs and it has the potential to create 40 000 more jobs by 2020

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/report-shows-substantial-progress-made-restructuring-irish-hotel-sector-debt (2016-02-07)
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  • Group demands Government action on Upward Only Rents | Irish Hotels Federation
    city and town centres as well as commercial areas Businesses are struggling because high rents are putting shops under pressure There s been a recent boost in consumer spend with positive news on retail sales and employment but we need the right conditions to achieve a sustainable recovery High rents which can only go up costs jobs and impedes growth We are demanding today that the Government honours its commitment in the Programme for Government and enact legislation to deal with the legacy issue of upward only rent reviews We have Senator Quinn s Bill which is a means of rectifying the problem It needs to be enacted without further delay Regarding the Constitutional hazards of legislating in this area the spokesperson added Advice from Senior Counsel provided some time ago on this topic has made it very clear that legislation to address upward only rents would be Constitutional Our position is that the legislation should be enacted and by all means let it be referred to the Supreme Court The Group The group comprises the following Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association Irish Commercial Tenants Association Design Crafts Council of Ireland Irish Exporters Association Irish Hotels Federation Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association Retail Excellence Ireland Retail Ireland RGDATA Small Firms Association Programme for Government At page 10 of the Programme for Government under the heading Supporting SMEs the Government parties pledged We will legislate to end upward only rent reviews for existing leases Senator Feargal Quinn s Bill Senator Feargal Quinn s Upward Only Rents Clauses and Reviews Bill 2013 was passed by the Seanad on 26 February 2014 The purpose of Senator Quinn s Bill is to address the problems posed by upward only rent review clauses which are contained in commercial leases entered into before 28 February

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/group-demands-government-action-upward-only-rents (2016-02-07)
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  • DRINKS INDUSTRY LAUNCHES MAJOR NATIONAL CAMPAIGN ‘SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL' | Irish Hotels Federation
    885m and purchases over 1 billion of Irish produced agricultural other materials and services inputs These purchases support about 11 600 jobs The direct and indirect employment total of 74 600 supports an additional 17 500 jobs Overall the drinks industry supports over 92 000 jobs Also speaking at the launch of Support Your Local was Marie Byrne Dublin Whiskey Company The success of Irish Whiskey is one that we can all be proud of and one that needs support If we are to ensure that companies such as our craft distillery namely the Dublin Whiskey Company are to thrive into the future we need the support of government key stakeholders and the wider industry Ireland has a huge opportunity to promote Irish whiskey on a global scale so we need everyone to support their local in order to make it happen I would encourage everyone to Support Your Local Vincent Flannery Proprietor The Bard s Den Letterfrack Co Galway Our local community have made a huge effort to support us and I would like to thank them for their continued support This support has made it possible to keep growing our business despite the difficult times we are working through and a number of excise tax increases which are really cutting into our profits We have reinvested in our product grown our services and continue to support and be supported by our local community Six years ago we employed 3 fulltime and 4 part time employees We now employ 8 full time and 15 part time employees and with a bit of luck and the right support we will grow even further Eugene Ryan Barley Farmer Stradbally Co Laois My family have been involved in barley farming for a many years and without the iconic Irish brands such as Guinness being sold worldwide an already difficult situation would be made impossible The improvements I am making on my farm allow me to be competitive in a tight market and I look forward to supplying grain to a vibrant drinks industry in this country for many years to come An industry wide pledge clarifying the members position on the necessary steps that must be taken in order to address alcohol misuse was issued at the event It stated that the signatories have sought to work with government in order to play an appropriate role in addressing issues pertaining to the misuse of alcohol in this country and called on government to address alcohol misuse by Addressing the sale of cheap alcohol Introducing a statutory ban on price based advertising Introducing statutory codes to regulate the merchandising of alcohol The Support Your Local campaign is supported and funded by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland All members of that group including suppliers pubs restaurants hotels and independent off licences are enthusiastically asking people to recognise the massive contribution that the industry makes to local communities all over Ireland and are calling on everyone to Support Your Local The press launch of

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/drinks-industry-launches-major-national-campaign-%E2%80%98support-your-local (2016-02-07)
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  • HOTELIERS WARN THAT FSAI CALORIES-ON-MENUS SCHEME MUST REMAIN VOLUNTARY | Irish Hotels Federation
    SCHEME MUST REMAIN VOLUNTARY Back 09 04 2014 HOTELIERS WARN THAT FSAI CALORIES ON MENUS SCHEME MUST REMAIN VOLUNTARY Mandatory Calorie Labelling Would Be Entirely Inappropriate for Hotels and Guesthouses Says IHF The Irish Hotels Federation IHF today warned against any attempt down the line to introduce mandatory labelling of calories on menus in hotels and guesthouses Following the launch of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland s online calorie calculator tool this morning Stephen McNally President of the IHF said that while the tool would benefit certain food service establishments the calories on menus scheme must remain voluntary for hotels and guesthouses Mr McNally expressed concerns about the potential adoption of an indiscriminate one size fits all approach to mandatory calorie labelling which he said would be entirely inappropriate for hotels and guesthouses many of whose menus change on a daily basis reflecting the use of locally sourced produce and seasonally available ingredients He said Our members are very concerned that the calorie labelling scheme could be transformed into a mandatory system across the board without taking account of the challenges faced by hotels and guesthouses many of whose menus constantly change from day to day Such a system

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-warn-fsai-calories-menus-scheme-must-remain-voluntary (2016-02-07)
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