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205, 2019

Gold Medal Awards Welcomes Sponsors – Excel Recruitment

One of our beneficent sponsors is Excel. Excel launched its hospitality division in January 2014 after more than a decade of success as ‘The Retail Recruitment Company’, quickly establishing itself as one of Ireland’s premier hospitality recruitment agencies.  With a team of 20+ expert recruiters and dedicated support staff led by Director Shane Mclave and with offices in both Dublin and Cork, Excel [...]

105, 2019

Gold Medal Awards Welcomes Sponsors – AVVIO

One of our generous sponsor is Avvio, the leading provider of direct booking technology and digital marketing, with a guarantee to grow your direct bookings by a minimum of 25% when you switch to Avvio. Avvio develops cutting-edge technologies that enable hotels to drive outstanding growth in direct bookings, while reducing their dependence on online travel agency channels. In October 2017, Avvio [...]

2304, 2019

Wine & Design at Tartare Café + Wine Bar

On the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Tartare Café + Wine Bar will host a local artist or designer, providing them with a platform to discuss their work, their inspirations, and what it means to be an artist in Galway. Each Wine & Design event will also see a talk and tasting of a selection of carefully-selected organic, natural, and biodynamic wines. Attendees [...]

2304, 2019

Promoting Galway International Arts Festival and Galway 2020 in London

The Galway International Arts Festival and Galway 2020 were highlighted to leading British cultural and lifestyle journalists in London recently. Tourism Ireland arranged for journalists from media outlets like The Daily Telegraph and The Independent to attend the opening night of Rooms – an interactive stage performance written by Enda Walsh – at the Barbican. After the performance, the journalists had the opportunity to meet playwright Enda Walsh, as well as John Crumlish [...]

2304, 2019

The Talbot Collection wins big at annual Irish Hotel Awards

Proving they are among the cream of the crop when it comes to Ireland’s competitive hospitality sector, The Talbot Collection were this week proud and elated as they picked up a staggering eight accolades during the annual Irish Hotel Awards. The awards ceremony, a yearly event that showcases the standout hotel venues and teams across the country, took place at the exclusive Galmont Hotel & Spa in Galway, where three of [...]

2304, 2019

The Europe Hotel & Resort opens €3m staff accommodation

Killarney Hotels has officially opened four new state of the art staff accommodation blocks at the five-star Europe Hotel & Resort in Killarney, Co. Kerry, just in time for the busy summer season. The two-story accommodation blocks each contain 10 bedrooms, living quarters, terraces and extensive planting to enhance the surroundings. As one of Ireland’s leading tourist destinations, Killarney and the surrounding areas are under pressure, in [...]

2304, 2019

The Westin Dublin Launches Newly Refurbished Luxury Suites

The Westin Dublin has invested €500,000 into renovating its range of premium and exclusive suites. Working alongside award winning Irish firm, Millimetre Design, The Westin Dublin is proud to bring to the market Dublin’s newest hotel suites. The finished product compliments the culture and history of the building and suitably honours the vast heritage of the hotel, while ensuring maximum guest comfort.  The bedrooms, bathrooms and separate [...]

204, 2019

Keep Cork Meeting Business Tourism Event

Cork Convention Bureau (CCB) will host its 7th annual business tourism showcase, Keep Cork Meeting, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Thursday 11th April from 7.30am to 12 noon.  The event is ideal for anyone involved in organising events and meetings in Cork. Keep Cork Meeting, which is Ireland’s longest running meetings and events expo, aims to encourage more conferences, meetings and events in Cork, and gives hotels [...]

2703, 2019

Adare Manor hosts Michelin Star Award-Winning Chef Hywel Jones for a Special Guest Chef Culinary Experience

The 5* Adare Manor, voted ‘Hotel of the Year 2018’ at the world-renowned global Virtuoso ‘Best of the Best Awards’, is delighted to announce and welcome award winning Michelin Star Executive Chef Hywel Jones for a special two-day luxury culinary experience.  Hywel who has retained his Michelin Star for 12 consecutive years, and currently is Executive Chef for the Michelin-starred restaurant at Lucknam Park in Wiltshire and [...]

2703, 2019

Minister Michael Creed lends a hand to boost tourism from Spain

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has been visiting Spain, as part of a ‘Promote Ireland’ programme around St Patrick’s Day. Minister Creed’s busy schedule included a meeting with Tourism Ireland and key Spanish travel professionals. “We are delighted that Minister Creed was with us in Madrid, to help us deliver the message about the many great reasons to visit the island of Ireland this [...]

2703, 2019

How to make sure your guests are safe

If you are looking to run a business in hospitality, or are currently managing one, no doubt you’re aware of all the aspects that need your attention. For one, you need to figure out how to stand out from the competition. Another, you’ll need to decide who your audience is, and what they want to see from your company. But while you’re working hard to put yourself [...]

2003, 2019

SODEXO RECOGNISED AS A BUSINESS ALL-STAR

Sodexo, one of Ireland’s leading on-site services providers, was recognised as a Business All-Star Irish Global Multinational Corporation for 2019-20 by the All-Ireland Business Foundation at the accreditation ceremony in Croke Park, Dublin on Tuesday 12th March 2019. It is an independently verified standard mark for Irish businesses that is based on rigorous selection criteria; performance, trust and customer centricity. Irish businesses that successfully navigate the Foundation’s six-step adjudication [...]

1903, 2019

Conrad Dublin reached out across the globe encouraging sister 5 star hotels to “Go Green” on St. Patrick’s Day with tremendous success

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Conrad Dublin, the first Conrad globally to reach and celebrate this milestone and for the first time ever, turned their lights to green for the St. Patrick’s Weekend festivities. To celebrate, they launched a marketing initiative, reaching out to sister Conrad and Waldorf Astoria luxury properties around the world, inviting them to ‘go green’ on St. Patrick’s Day. The idea was inspired by Tourism [...]

1903, 2019

First of its Kind Food-to-Go Summit to Examine Future of Market

A first-of-its-kind international conference and trade show, in association with one of Europe’s leading food innovators, Kepak, is set to examine the future of the rapidly growing and evolving Food-To-Go market. Taking place in the Round Room at Dublin’s Mansion House on 21 May 2019, the immersive, full-day event will gather together a panel of expert speakers, award-winning retailers and industry specialists. The conference will also include [...]

1103, 2019

Sweet deal for Flynn Family Newpark Hotel for International Women’s Day

The Flynn family name is synonymous within the Irish hotel industry, and 2019 will mark a year of significant developments for the trio of brothers in a number of their landmark properties.  Poignantly, the story of the hoteliers began in Dungarvan, West Waterford when the brothers late mother Elizabeth (Dottie) Flynn firmly established the family name within the local hospitality industry in 1965. The Flynn family group [...]

1103, 2019

Minister Richard Bruton switches on the green lights at Niagara Falls

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton switched the green lights on Niagara Falls last night (9 March), as part of this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Canada. Minister Bruton is in Canada as part of a "Promote Ireland" programme around St Patrick's Day – helping to promote tourism to Ireland.   The famous falls are just one of hundreds of famous landmarks and iconic sites around [...]

2102, 2019

Last call for plastic straws

A plastic straw, which is only used on average for 20 minutes, can take more than 200 years to break down into smaller pieces. Quite often, it doesn’t even fully disintegrate. Although other countries have already taken action on this issue, with the UK reportedly set to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds, Ireland still lags behind. Last year, the Restaurants Association of Ireland [...]

2102, 2019

Healthy ever after

With customers looking for more nutritious, health-conscious dishes, restaurants are adapting their menus to fit the bill. Hotel & Catering Review takes a look at some popular healthy food from around the country Food that benefits us nutritionally and promotes our wellbeing, both physically and mentally, is having its day. Restaurants are responding to customers’ requirements by adding wholesome yet tasty dishes to their menus so much [...]

2102, 2019

Top Medals for Ireland at Young Chef Olympiad

TU Dublin Culinary Arts student, Ryan Malone was awarded the Gold medal for Young Chef Ambassador along with a Silver medal in the Cook Off category at the recent fifth World Young Chef Olympiad. In total, student chefs from over 55 countries competed in this international competition which was run over a five day period in four of India’s major cities, including New Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and [...]

211, 2018

Killarney Hotels Ltd scoops two awards at Gold Medal Awards 2018

Killarney Hotels Ltd, comprised of three of Killarney’s finest hotels - The Europe Hotel & Resort, Ard na Sidhe Country House and The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens - took home two top awards at the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards 2018. ESPA at The Europe Hotel & Resort was named Best 5 Star Spa Experience. ESPA at The Europe, a stunning resort spa on the shores [...]

2009, 2018

2018 Winners Announced

Adare Manor Named Supreme Winner at 2018 Gold Medal Awards Following a stunning refurbishment, Limerick’s Adare Manor was named Supreme Winner and Ireland’s Five Star Hotel (sponsored by Astoria Partnership) at the 2018 Gold Medal Awards, in association with Hotel & Catering Review. Celebrating a remarkable 30 years, the Gold Medal Awards are the leading independent awards for the Irish hospitality industry and aim to recognise [...]

709, 2018

Ballina welcomes Food Fleadh

Above: Food Fleadh Ballina Mixologists by the Moy. The annual Food Fleadh Ballina returns to the Mayo town for its fifth year this month. A four-day programme is planned, running from September 27th to the 30th, with visitors and locals set to enjoy a variety of family-friendly events ranging from foraging sessions along the Wild Atlantic Way and children's cookery classes to art-inspired workshops and a [...]

609, 2018

Minister Griffin launches Irish Tourism Industry Awards

Above: Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Brendan Griffin TD; Conor Hennigan, MD, Hennigan Hospitality Services; and Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO, Irish Tourism Industry Confederation at the launch of the Irish Tourism Industry Awards. The biennial Irish Tourism Industry Awards are set to return in February 2019, launched yesterday by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin. Organised by the Irish Tourism Industry [...]

3108, 2018

The Monasterboice Inn renovation EXEEDs expectations

By Mark Conroy Based in Drogheda, the Monasterboice Inn had a bit of problem. They wanted to extend their premises but also understood the increased energy costs and impact on the climate that can come with expansion. Being aware of this, they sought support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). With the SEAI’s assistance, The Monasterboice was able to reduce energy costs while extending [...]

3108, 2018

Irish whiskey industry calls for advertising restriction rethink

The Irish Whiskey Association – part of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland – has called for last-minute changes to be made to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill in a bid to protect Ireland's whiskey tourism sector and the country's small distillers. Under the current Bill, a ban would be enacted on free-standing way-marking or directional signage with the name of a distillery or alcohol brand [...]