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  • Madeline Wright wins Hotel Employee of the Year | Irish Hotels Federation
    the Irish Hotels Federation Cork Branch At the recent Cork Tourism Dinner in the Maryborough Hotel Madeline Wright was selected as the first Cork Employee of the Year by the Cork branch of the Irish Hotels Federation Madeline is now embarking on a 12 month period as an Ambassador for Cork hotels Madeline a receptionist at the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale was chosen from a shortlist of three candidates She was described as the perfect ambassador for our industry by the chairman of the Cork Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation Michael Magner Hotels and guesthouses in Cork were encouraged to put forward their nominations for the inaugural hotels sector Employee of the Year award The award has been established to shine a light on the contribution individual employees make to Cork s hotel and guesthouse sector Michael Magner said Madeline is a great choice as winner of our first employee of the year award Her professionalism her desire to look after everyone who she meets while at work her charm and friendliness make her the perfect ambassador for us We want to highlight that our industry is alive and well and in recovery and we know Madeline will

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  • FLEADH FUN IN SLIGO THIS AUGUST | Irish Hotels Federation
    Sligo a county which has produced some of the pioneering figures in Irish music and which continues to grow new generations of young musicians Over 300 000 visitors are expected to descend on Sligo for the duration of the Fleadh Cheoil between 10 th 17 th August 2014 Every hotel pub and performance space will resonate with the sounds of reels and jigs for the biggest traditional Irish music jamboree anywhere in the world It s been over 20 years since Sligo last hosted the Fleadh and while much has changed since 1991 the core values of fun and friendship remain at the heart of every Fleadh To the first time visitor we extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to the returning emigrant we say Fáilte Abhaile and to all we promise a Fleadh to remember We extend a special welcome to first time visitors to Sligo The land which inspired the poetry of WB Yeats provides a perfect backdrop to the Fleadh and while there will be plenty of music to get involved in for musicians and music fans alike we d urge you to take in the whole Sligo experience from swimming at blue flag beaches to walking trails in the great outdoors the perfect balance to a hectic week of music and late nights The Fleadh programme will include concerts by internationally established traditional Irish music groups as well as niche events exhibitions pub sessions and much more besides Learn to play an instrument under the guidance of expert tutors and whether you re a complete novice or want to share or add a tune to your repertoire we ll find the right match for you The Fleadh will be a great opportunity for us to introduce you to the many diverse strands which form the Sligo experience

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  • CIE TOURS INTERNATIONAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE | Irish Hotels Federation
    Dublin Castle on Tuesday 28th January Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Mr Michael Ring TD presented plaques to 80 winners at the 24 th CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence Over the last 82 years CIE Tours International has brought over three million visitors to Ireland 12 overall category winners from around the country were chosen according to feedback from 28 000 customers on more than 450 providers of accommodation dining tours and attractions Merit awards were presented to those achieving over 90 in the surveys Mr Brian Stack Managing Director of CIE Tours International said 2013 was another successful year with business up 20 We booked in the region of 400 000 bed nights in towns and cities across Ireland last year Our success is due to the efforts of thousands people up and down the country who are focused on providing excellent service Several factors came together to create this rising tide the retention of the lower VAT rate significant increases in air access and the Tourism Ireland s strong promotion of Ireland making it a hot destination thanks to The Gathering We believe we can attribute half of our growth last year to The Gathering Our estimates indicate that it alone brought in around 4 500 additional visitors on our tours which generated revenue in the regional of seven million euros he said Minister of State for Tourism Sport Michael Ring noted It s great to hear confirmation from CIE Tours International of the part played by Government initiatives particularly The Gathering in boosting their business I am confident that the continued retention of the reduced VAT rate and the reduction of the travel tax to Nil will produce further growth this year Mr Stack continued Bookings are up 20 on this time last year and with confidence booming in our largest market further increases in air connectivity and another major American Football game in autumn we are cautiously optimistic that 2014 will surpass 2013 Increased air access from the West coast of America Canada and through major global hubs in the middle east will continue to attract visitors from Australia and Canada two markets in which we are making significant investments to boost the CIE Tours International brand To meet increased demand we have hired 15 new staff in Ireland and the USA since 2012 In response Minister Ring said Air access capacity figures are very encouraging for this year Capacity from the USA will be up 10 2 This is on top of the 25 increase in 2013 and just surpasses the air access peak of 2007 Canadian access will be up 71 this summer and Emirates decision to double their capacity from September will be beneficial in our long haul markets Turning to the tourism offering available to visitors Mr Stack said As one of the largest purchasers of tourism services across the country we monitor all feedback to ensure our customers enjoy their visit and get value for money We brought

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  • Kerry Branch Annual Christmas Ball | Irish Hotels Federation
    Annual Christmas Ball Back 02 01 2014 Conor Hennigan President Kerry Branch IHF with Ger O Sullivan Cork Bar and Catering Bernadette Randles Dromhall Hotel and Declan Sheehan Dawn Dairies at the Kerry Branch Irish Hotels Federation Annual Christmas Ball in The Malton Killarney The Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotel s Federation recently hosted their Annual Christmas Ball 350 guests attended a wonderful evening at The Malton Hotel Killarney Guests on the night included Sean Kelly MEP Michael Healy Rae TD Arthur Spring TD Senator Paul Coughlan the Mayor of Killarney Cllr Paddy Courtney The branch were delighted to be joined by both IHF President Michael Vaughan IHF Chief Executive Tom Fenn In his speech on the night Kerry Branch Chairman Conor Hennigan acknowledged the tremendous support the Kerry Branch received from Minister Jimmy Deenihan and all the TD s Senators in Kerry in retaining the 9 VAT rate The chairman also acknowledged the tremendous contribution of the town councils in Kerry to Tourism development over the years and regretted that the abolition of town councils is to proceed in 2014 Guests were treated to a sumptuous 6 course meal and wines prepared by the team at The Malton

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  • IHI Founders' Banquet & Hospitality Management Awards 2013 | Irish Hotels Federation
    Novemnber at the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin and presided over for the 10th year as Master of Ceremonies Michael Rosney FIHI Attendees were greeted by Nicky Logue FIHI as President of the Irish Hospitality Institute with a Cead Mile Failte as the 2013 Hospitality Awards began He stated With a spirit of confidence and optimism as our country and our industry finally discard the shackles of recession and prepare for what we all hope will be a period of sustained recovery and growth He continued to note that our industry has already responded enthusiastically to these positive developments creating more than 9 000 new jobs over the past two years and investing heavily in marketing and product development This job creation and the survival of thousands of hospitality enterprises over the period of the recession has been greatly helped by the 9 preferential VAT rate We in the Institute welcome the Government decision to retain this preferential rate in the recent Budget a decision which was strongly advocated by our Minister for Transport and Tourism Leo Varadkar We now also are looking closely at trends in the economy and in our industry and examining the optimum role which the Institute can play in advancing the professionalism of members in the future In doing so we will draw from the Institute s submission to the Government on the formulation of Tourism Policy from 2015 onwards 2013 IHI AWARDS LIST Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013 Hotel Niall Rochford General Manager Ashford Castle Cong Co Mayo Young Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013 Alan Smullen General Manager The Croke Park Hotel Doyle Collection Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013 Human Resources Dara Forrest Director of Human Resources The Marker Hotel Dublin Hospitality Manager of the Year 2013 Catering Sean Dinan Food Beverage

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  • Cork Branch Tourism Dinner Dance | Irish Hotels Federation
    Tourism Dinner Dance Back 26 11 2013 On Thursday 21st the Cork Tourism Dinner Dance took place in the Maryborough Hotel in support of tourism related activities across Cork The Inaugural Employee of the Year was awarded and first place went to Madeline Wright Receptionist with the Blue Haven Hotel Kinsale Pictured on the night are the Cork Tourism Dinner Dance Committee Norina O Callaghan Silver Springs Moran Hotel Shane

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  • IGTOA 2013 Gala Irish Golf Awards | Irish Hotels Federation
    r John Casey Garreth Cooke IGTOA Pat Falvey and Frank Casey NATIONAL IRISH GOLF INDUSTRY HONOURS JAY CONNOLLY AT THE 2013 GALA IRISH GOLF AWARDS Jay Connolly Director Waterville Golf Links was recognised for the pivotal role he has played in Irish Golf at the 2013 Gala Irish Golf Awards by the national Irish golf tourism industry last night at The Europe Hotel Resort Killarney and Co Kerry Minister of State for Tourism Sport Michael Ring T D wished to congratulate Mr Jay Connolly and all the award winners who have received national accolades on the night I am very pleased to be here in the Killarney this evening for the 2013 Gala Irish Golf Awards I am particularly pleased to be presenting the 2013 Jerry Donworth Outstanding Contribution to Golf award to Jay Connolly of Waterville Golf Links The continuing excellence of Ireland s golfing sector is reflected in the quality of all the winners and I commend all of them for the continuing dedication to excellence which makes Ireland a strong competitor in the world golf market The 2013 Gala Irish Golf Awards was hosted by CNN Presenter Shane O Donoghue and was attended by representatives from our National Tourism Development Agencies the Northern Ireland Tourist Board Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland This event was also supported by the European Tour Aer Lingus Waterford Crystal Golf Digest Ireland and various companies in the golf industry A selection of leading Irish companies in the golf tourism industry received accolades on the night with winners in the hotel golf course and golf resort categories The companies accepting awards on the night were as follows The Ross Killarney 2013 IGTOA Boutique Golf Hotel of the Year Award The Conrad Dublin 2013 IGTOA Large Golf Hotel of the Year Award Rosapenna Hotel

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  • Arena Leisure Centre at Grand Hotel wins Double Gold at the White Flag Excellence Awards | Irish Hotels Federation
    White Flag Excellence Awards at the Prestigious Gala Awards Dinner held in Cork City hall on the 4th of October 2013 The Arena not only achieved Gold in the White Flag Excellence award but also received Gold in the Training Ethos award The Arena Health Fitness Club is the only Hotel Club in Ireland to achieve Gold the only Club in Fingal to achieve Gold and one of only 8

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