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  • HOTELS CHIEF WELCOMES SUPREME COURT DECISION ON REGISTERED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS | Irish Hotels Federation
    9 th May 2013 The Irish Hotels Federation IHF welcomes today s judgment by the Supreme Court declaring Registered Employment Agreements as unconstitutional a ruling which the IHF states is in line with a 2011 decision the High Court declaring the Joint Labour Committee JLC system to be unconstitutional Michael Vaughan President of the IHF states Today s Supreme Court judgment recognises the fundamentally unconstitutional nature of allowing employment law to be created by organisations such as the JLC or the Labour Court The Government must now ensure that all employment law is created solely by legislation introduced by the Oireachtas and is applicable to all employments Mr Vaughan rejects recent attempts by the Government to reintroduce JLCs as out of touch with the realities confronting tourism businesses across the country He states that the Government s overriding objective must be job creation getting people started in work and giving them an opportunity to develop their skills base and careers We need an environment that safeguards the 54 000 employees in hotels and guesthouses but most importantly allows for further growth in employment JLCs are not appropriate in a modern competitive economy They have lost all relevance with the introduction

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hotels-chief-welcomes-supreme-court-decision-registered-employment-agreements (2016-02-07)
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  • New Gathering Gestures App Launched | Irish Hotels Federation
    Ireland The Irish Hotels Federation IHF B B Ireland Heritage Ireland the Restaurants Association of Ireland RAI and Good Food Ireland are all encouraging members to take part Examples of the gestures include a complimentary tour of Kenmare in a 1936 vintage Buick offered by the Sheen Falls Lodge Hotel a free seaweed bath for anyone doing a walking or cycling tour which passes through or stays in Leenane offered by Connemara Adventure Tours complimentary tea or coffee and home baking on arrival at B B Ireland homes a complimentary Gathering cocktail or mocktail at the Ice House Hotel in Ballina as well as lots of other added value experiences like brown bread making demonstrations complimentary Irish coffees and special Gathering value menus from RAI members Golf courses are also on board with special incentives for Gathering groups and Waterford Crystal is even offering a special Gathering trophy for a hole in one Minister Ring said I am delighted to launch this great gift to our visitors for this special Gathering year It combines the best of Ireland s traditional hospitality and generosity with the cutting edge of modern Ireland I am particularly pleased to see tourism businesses of all kinds responding to this opportunity to offer a little extra something I would urge every business in the country dealing with tourists to come on board and offer their own free gifts to show our appreciation of our overseas visitors Congratulations to the team in the Gathering Ireland and Tourism Ireland on coming up with this innovative smartphone app The Gathering Ireland is a key focal point of all Tourism Ireland s promotional activity around the globe in 2013 particularly in countries with a strong Diaspora connection including Great Britain the US Canada and Australia The Gathering offers an outstanding

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/new-gathering-gestures-app-launched (2016-02-07)
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  • Final route for the Wild Atlantic Way unveiled at Meitheal | Irish Hotels Federation
    2013 Please click on the image above to see the video for the final route of the Wild Atlantic Way which was unveiled at Meitheal by Minister Ring The Wild Atlantic Way will be Ireland s first long distance driving route stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork offering future visitors an opportunity to truly discover the west coast The 2 500km final route consisting of the main spine of the Wild Atlantic Way was finalised following a comprehensive public consultation process and 156 strategically placed discovery points have been identified along the way A series of looped itineraries off the spine are also planned to further develop the experience for visitors Paddy Mathews Manager of Destination Development with Fáilte Ireland believes the project will be a great addition to what Ireland has to offer visitors Developing a route like this is an important part of ensuring Ireland is able to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience It will open up a huge number of towns and attractions to them and showcase the scenery and unique culture of the West Coast of Ireland providing easy access to a range of experiences along the route Now

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/final-route-wild-atlantic-way-unveiled-meitheal (2016-02-07)
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  • HOTELIERS WELCOME INCREASE IN HOLIDAY MAKERS & BUSINESS TOURISM | Irish Hotels Federation
    on our site Click HERE HOTELIERS WELCOME INCREASE IN HOLIDAY MAKERS BUSINESS TOURISM Back 21 04 2013 HOTELIERS WELCOME INCREASE IN HOLIDAY MAKERS BUSINESS TOURISM Thursday 21st March 2013 The Irish Hotels Federation IHF today welcomed the significant increase in hotel bednights achieved in 2012 up 13 on last year The increase follows a growth in both business trips up 7 7 and visits by holidaymakers up 3 8 compared with 2011 Mr Fenn Chief Executive of the IHF notes that hoteliers have seen increased business particularly in key city destinations such as Dublin Cork and Galway which have benefited strongly from event and business related tourism Growth has also been seen in the East and Midlands regions the South East and parts of the West coast However occupancy levels continue to lag in the Shannon region and the South West The Government s decision to reduce tourism VAT to 9 has provided a very welcome stimulus for hotels and guesthouses giving Irish accommodation providers the opportunity to provide even greater value to customers says Mr Fenn The knock on effect has been an increase in room occupancy levels which have improved significantly in 2012 and now stand at 61

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hoteliers-welcome-increase-holiday-makers-business-tourism (2016-02-07)
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  • BE OUR GUEST GUIDE 2013 LAUNCHED | Irish Hotels Federation
    Guide with event listings for The Gathering are being distributed across 23 countries acting as a key marketing vehicle in promoting Irish hotels and guesthouses both at home and abroad The Guide includes dedicated sections showcasing the tremendous range of leisure and business facilities provided by premises at the highest standards These include 124 hotels and guesthouses offering Spa and Leisure breaks 209 properties offering comprehensive Golfing arrangements 179 premises catering for the needs of anglers and 199 properties offering Conference and Meeting facilities targeted at business tourism Building on the exceptional value available in Irish hotels and guesthouses the Guide includes vouchers offering guests significant discounts on bookings made directly with selected premises Commenting at the launch Tim Fenn Chief Executive of the IHF stated that Irish hotels and guesthouses are optimistic that The Gathering 2013 will provide a much welcome boost to tourism According to a recent survey of hoteliers throughout the country over three quarters 76 believe they will see an increase in business this year as a result of The Gathering while over half of those surveyed 53 are already experiencing an increase in overall business levels compared with this time last year The sector is now on a firmer footing following a number of pro tourism initiatives by the Government such as the reduced tourism VAT rate which has provided a key competitive advantage when marketing Ireland as a tourism destination adds Mr Fenn Ciaran Budds National Sales Manager On Trade with Diageo Ireland states We are delighted to be associated with the Be Our Guest Guide as part of a host of activities Diageo is involved in this year to encourage tourists to visit Ireland The Guide is widely recognised as the ultimate accommodation listing for Irish hotels and guesthouses making it a great

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/be-our-guest-guide-2013-launched (2016-02-07)
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  • THE GATHERING CREATES PLATFORM FOR NEW APPROACH TO REGIONAL TOURISM | Irish Hotels Federation
    the Gathering s ambition Whilst the majority of hotels and guesthouses 76 expect to see a growth in business this year as a direct result of The Gathering Mr Vaughan states that the real long term success story of the Gathering would come from harnessing the momentum energy and grass root enthusiasm that has grown from the ground up He states that the next step should be to encourage ongoing participation by local communities in regional tourism programmes aimed at providing new and compelling reasons for visitors to visit the regions Mr Vaughan said enormous untapped potential exists to create a lasting and sustainable platform for regional tourism that would generate growth and local employment in the industry The Gathering has already had a positive impact on tourism year to date with over half 53 of hoteliers saying that they have recorded an increase in overall business compared with this time last year According to Mr Vaughan over 300 specific initiatives throughout the country have been identified as offering significant potential to grow and become major tourism headline events beyond 2013 He states that tourism initiatives driven by local communities can provide a powerful force if supported by dedicated marketing funds as part of a targeted regional programme The real benefit of The Gathering will be to harness the interest application and energy that the local community groups have shown We now have highly active and motivated groups right across our communities who are engaged within their local areas organising events of every scale In effect these community groups in their regions are creating reasons for people to come to their area This is bringing tourism product development right back into the regions We need to help these groups continue their efforts into the future through creating a support framework

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/gathering-creates-platform-new-approach-regional-tourism (2016-02-07)
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  • GOVERNMENT CAVING IN TO UNIONS ON WAGE SETTING MECHANISM – HOTELS SAY | Irish Hotels Federation
    Irish hotels are among the lowest in Western Europe while wage costs for new recruits are the fourth highest in the EU The Labour Court is currently carrying out a review of the JLC for wage setting within the labour intensive hotels sector as set part of its remit under legislation introduced by the Government last year The legislation which aimed to resuscitate the system imposes anticompetitive wage demands and excessive red tape on businesses JLCs impose an additional layer on employers says Mr Vaughan We have little confidence in a review that has been commissioned by the LRC one of the key architects of the JLC system since 1946 We believe job creation in our sector is essentially being jeopardised as part of calculated and short sighted attempts to appease the unions says Mr Vaughan By reintroducing counterproductive inefficiencies and rigidities in the labour market the system goes against everything the Government s national employment agenda is trying achieve It shows their words and actions are clearly not aligned when it comes to tourism one of the country s largest indigenous industries Mr Vaughan states that the focus of any truly independent review of a JLC system should particularly in the current economic environment support and foster job creation particularly in sectors such as hotels which are labour intensive and where excessive regulations labour costs are barriers to employment If that focus was maintained we have little doubt as to the outcome of an independent Review The history of much of the current industrial relations and employment regulation process has demonstrated a bias towards increasing the cost of employment for employers and thereby contributing to the erosion of the competitiveness of Ireland The fact that Ireland has the fourth highest national minimum wage rate in the EU is in itself a major anti competitive factor continues Michael Vaughan Mr Vaughan states that JLCs are out of touch with the realities confronting tourism businesses and undermines job creation in hotels and guesthouses He says On one hand we have supportive tourism initiatives such as a reduced VAT rate whilst on the other hand we have additional costs imposed on tourism businesses in the form of JLCs This barrier to job creation places an unjustifiable burden on hotels the very businesses that should be the backbone of any future recovery and growth in employment We need the Government to be more pro business and remove all barriers to growth and job creation As it stands payroll is already the largest element of costs within the hotels sector accounting for in excess of 40 relative to turnover following significant increases over the last decade This puts hotels and guesthouses at a serious competitive disadvantage compared to our biggest competitors such as Northern Ireland and Britain where average payroll costs are significantly lower Mr Vaughan states We need an environment that safeguards the 54 000 employees in hotels and guesthouses but most importantly allows for further growth in employment Businesses can no longer

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/government-caving-unions-wage-setting-mechanism-%E2%80%93-hotels-say (2016-02-07)
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  • HOTELS CHIEF SLAMS LACK OF TOURISM POLICY INSIGHTS | Irish Hotels Federation
    efforts to best effect and learn from the mistakes of promotional activities that may not have worked He warns that without the relevant insights into what drives and shapes Irish tourism this vital sector of the economy will not live up to its full potential as an engine of growth and job creation More detailed statistics based on larger sample sizes examining a wider range of tourism trends would allow the industry to 1 Market Ireland more effectively as a holiday destination 2 Achieve a greater regional spread of visitors 3 Roll out more focused campaigns targetting existing and emerging markets 4 Win a larger share of the lucrative business tourism market Tourism marketing budgets are finite both for individual tourism businesses and for Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland which have a combined annual budget of over 100 million states Mr Vaughan We need to ensure all marketing resources are deployed as effectively as possible and delivering maximum return on investment Not only would more detailed statistics particularly on a regional level provide stronger marketing insights they would enable more strategic planning around product development and investment Mr Vaughan states that it is incredulous that a 6 billion sector of the Irish economy employing 11 per cent of total employment in the country does not have access to the required tools to adequately measure its performance on a national and regional basis We ve raised our concerns with the Government already but progress has been slow to date and really misses the bigger picture Without the necessary resources and tools for proper planning we will continue to lack the in depth insights that would enable us to transform the way we market Ireland both at home and abroad Until then we re feeling around in the dark to a large extent says Mr Vaughan So for example the final regional tourism figures for 2011 have only just become available to us and even these lack any detailed insights into the length of visitors stay their reasons for visiting certain parts of the country over others the activities and events that attract them to Ireland and the quality of their holiday experience With unemployment at over 14 nationally Mr Vaughan argues that the labour intensive tourism sector has an as of yet untapped potential to play an even more important role in job creation He states that part of the problem is that tourism does not receive the prominence it should at a national level the way the agriculture sector does due largely to a dearth of statistical insights available Government economic officials need data in the national accounts for any decision making policies Because we don t know exactly what our tourism sector comprises of and how it contributes to the economy such as how much it accounts for in total retail spend petrol shopping etc services and the leisure industry a total picture of the industry s value is not available and therefore not included in our national fiscal

    Original URL path: http://www.ihf.ie/content/hotels-chief-slams-lack-tourism-policy-insights (2016-02-07)
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