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Irish Country Hotels & Manor House Hotels celebrate 30 years
18 May 2016
Irish Country Hotels and Manor House Hotels are experiencing unprecedented growth in bookings in the first quarter of 2016. At their AGM held recently in Mill Park Hotel, Donegal they reported sales growth of 44% across their 2 hotel brands.
Joe McHugh, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs speaking at the event recognised the importance of keeping the VAT rate at 9% to achieve continued growth in the industry. Paul Gallagher, Chairman of The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC), and General Manager of Buswells Hotel, Dublin - a member of the Irish County Hotels group - stated that regional tourism is growing market share at a faster pace than in Dublin, with the North West in particular experiencing 53% occupancy for the first quarter of 2016.
Also attending the event was President of the Irish Hotels Federation, Joe Dolan, proprietor of The Bush Hotel in Leitrim, a member of Irish Country Hotels. Joe outlined the importance of continued investment in the tourism sector as well as the importance of remaining competitive. Hotel owners and management from the 55 strong organisation attended the AGM.
Celebrating 30 years this year, the company was founded by Fáilte Ireland so that family run hotels could come together for international marketing under one marketing umbrella. Mary Fitzgerald, Chairperson of Manor House Hotels & Irish Country Hotels acknowledged the vision of John Rafferty from Fáilte Ireland and what can be achieved when like-minded people come together with a common goal.
Speakers during the day included Simon Gregory, Director of Markets for Tourism Ireland and Neil O’Brien, Coach on mental fitness for Business, Sport and Life. Also in attendance were Pat the Cope Gallagher, TD; Joan Crawford from Fáilte Ireland and Elizabeth Hunt from Guaranteed Irish - all Irish Country Hotels are members of Guaranteed Irish and have a strong focus on locally sourced produce.
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