Tourism


26
Mar 14

New Irish Whiskey Museum will bring 25 Jobs

Local tours operator Extreme Event Ireland Ltd is to open the museum at a cost of €1.9 million. The opening is planned for August and will create 25 jobs.

Dublin is set to get an additional tourist attraction with the opening of an Irish Whiskey Museum.

Local tours operator Extreme Event Ireland Ltd is to open the museum at a cost of €1.9 million. The opening is planned for August and will create 25 jobs.

The museum will tell the story of Irish whiskey and showcase the country’s growing list of brands, including Jameson, Bushmills and Tullamore Dew. It will be located in two premises in the South City Centre , at 119 Grafton Street and 37 College Green opposite the front gates of Trinity College. This is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city, attracting a high footfall of tourists. The listed property is owned by the well-known James Fox cigar and whiskey store, which operates from 119 Grafton Street.

Extreme Event Ireland has secured a 15-year lease on the building, which is currently being refitted to house interactive tours and whiskey tastings. Run by former IT consultant Keith McDonnell, Extreme Event Ireland has traded since 2006. The company runs two independent tourism offices in Dublin’s city centre and organises coach tours. It employs 50 staff, operates 15 coaches and is profitable.

Mr McDonnell hopes to attract 100,000 visitors to the museum in the first year of trading, rising to 230,000 in year five. “We’re always looking for new ideas and we felt there was a gap in the market for a whiskey museum that would tell the story of Irish whiskey and unite all the brands,” Mr McDonnell said. “Every brand will be represented.” He said all of the whiskey brands in the country, whose owners include global drinks giants Pernod Ricard and Diageo, are supportive of the project although they have not provided financial assistance.

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24
Sep 13

Tourism start-up Keyquests creating 10 jobs

Tourism start-up Keyquests creating 10 jobs  Gillen Joyce with a member of the Keyquests teamFounded in February this year by Gillen Joyce, Cork-based Tourism start-up Keyquests has already created six full time jobs and is currently recruiting for a further four positions.

Keyquests is a tourism technology application that uses location based marketing to enhance the experience of tourists in Ireland, and to connect various attractions and locations to each other through features and offers.

“The concept behind Keyquests came to me when looking through holiday photo albums last year.  Photos tell one story, but technology allows us now to tell our own unique stories and to create and share our experiences online,” explained Joyce, who s also the founder of Titanic Experience, Tregan Crafts and a number of other tourism businesses.

“At Keyquests, we use advances in technology and social media to provide visitors with the ability to plan a trip, purchase tickets in advance availing of related Keyquests offers and subsequently post photos and blog about the trip.

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20
Aug 13

Tourism Ireland’s Tourism Ireland Launches New Website for Middle East;

Tourism Ireland’s global social media presence has more than 1.24 million fans on Facebook – it is the second most popular tourism board, after Australia, on the social networking site. - See more at: http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/article/56237/tourism-ireland-launches-new-website#sthash.7YDjl9l0.dpufDUBLIN - Tourism Ireland has launched a new and improved website for its GCC audience with an exclusive competition for one lucky winner to experience a ‘road-trip-of-a-lifetime’ along Northern Ireland’s most famous coastal route.

Enhancing Tourism Ireland’s online presence in the region, the new website has been developed in response to growing interest in travel to the island of Ireland from the Middle East market. 

The local site provides comprehensive, up-to-the-minute information for Middle Eastern visitors with culturally curated exclusive content.

The ‘Jump into Northern Ireland’ road-trip-of-a-lifetime competition offers one lucky winner and guest a one week road trip to take in sites such as the multi-million pound Titanic Belfast Visitor’s Centre and the extraordinary Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site, whilst enjoying the scenic car routes of the Causeway Coast along the way.

Thomas Redmond, Tourism Ireland’s representative in the Middle East, commented: “Tourism Ireland is revving-up its online promotional activity in line with increased interest we are seeing from the Middle East in travel to the island of Ireland, as visitor numbers continue to increase month by month from the GCC market.”

Having such a huge fanbase is significant because each fan has an average of 200 friends, making Tourism Ireland just one degree of separation (or just one click away) from having its message shared with 250 million people around the globe.

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14
Jul 13

SMS to Start Cruise handling in Ireland.

In Malta, the SMS Group is by far the largest cruise handling company, providing ground arrangements for over 150,000 passengers and handling some 250 ships a year.In Malta, the SMS Group is by far the largest cruise handling company, providing ground arrangements for over 150,000 passengers and handling some 250 ships a year.

SMS International Shore Operations is to acquire the majority shareholding in a cruise handling company in Ireland, which will involve around 210 ships this year.

SMS International Shore Operations, a subsidiary of the SMS Group founded in Malta in the 1950s, is already the second largest cruise handling operation in the world, after giant TUI. In 2013, it will handle over 850 ships.

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5
Apr 13

Bantry students launch West Cork tourism website

The Bantry team behind the new website. Pic West Cork Times

The Bantry team behind the new website. Pic West Cork Times

RTE has “Dragons Den” but in Bantry, Ireland’s future entrepreneurs can all be found at Bantry Community School.

For six transition year students at the school, tapping into West Cork’s biggest asset was an easy and worthwhile project that is proving very successful indeed.

“Tourism is the biggest employer in West Cork and we came up with an idea that makes it easier for visitors to get all the information they need about places to stay in the area.

“Not only this but we wanted our product to be the ‘one stop shop’ for tourists planning a holiday in West Cork,” student Niamh Cotter told West Cork Times.

The students designed a website that lists not only the hotels and B&Bs in the area but also holiday homes, hostels and campsites.

“We want people to be able to find everything they need to enjoy a holiday in West Cork on our website.

“We found from our research that visitors planning a trip like to be able get all the information easily and our website allows this,” Niamh continued.

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12
Sep 12

Overseas tourism part of export-led recovery — Gibbons

Overseas tourism part of export-led recovery -- GibbonsChief executive of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons said today that performance to date this year has been mixed, with Europe and new and developing markets performing more strongly, in terms of holiday visitors.

He was commenting on latest figures from the Central Statistics Office on final overseas numbers to Ireland in 2011, which increased by 11pc.

“Hotel occupancy is up on 2011 although the spread is uneven, with urban areas, particularly Dublin, fairing better,” he said.

“Although growth in visitor numbers will depend to a large extent on improved economic conditions and consumer confidence in our source markets – and in particular in Great Britain – we know that late booking patterns still prevail.  This means that in many of our markets, there is still everything to play for into the autumn and for the remainder of the year.  We will be pulling out all the stops.” 

Overseas tourism business accounts for 59pc (about €3.4bn) of all tourism revenue and has the capacity to deliver even more for Ireland as part of an export-led economic renewal, according to Gibbons.

Tourism Ireland is rolling out its autumn campaign, targeting millions of potential holidaymakers for city breaks and rural holidays with enticing messages about upcoming festivals, our world-class food and the wealth of things to see and do here.

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28
Jul 12

Irish businesses reap €300m reward from Olympic contracts

Irish enterprises have secured €300 million in contracts as a result of the Olympic Games in London.

Businesses all over the country have benefited from the Games, and it is hoped that ties have been made which could lead to contracts at future major sporting events.

With work upcoming for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup and Olympics in 2014 and 2016, and UEFA 2016 in France, Irish enterprise will hope to build on the boost to their business which the London Games has produced.

At a pre-Olympic athletics meeting in Dublin on Wednesday, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring said that the success of Irish businesses exceeded expectations.

The Mayo man was speaking at the Morton Games and said that Irish enterprises have benefited greatly from the country’s close proximity to this year’s Games.

“We have known for some time that the biggest benefit to Ireland from the Olympics was likely to be in terms of enterprise and tourism. The €300 million in contracts secured through Enterprise Ireland is a significant achievement. Early signs are that the tourism benefit will also be positive,” he said.

Many Londoners are aiming to flee the chaos of the city for the period of the Olympics and Irish tourism is hoping to benefit from this. Tourism Ireland has spent €500,000 on their ‘Escape the Madness’ campaign, which aims to attract people from all over the UK to escape to Ireland during the Games.

Campaign ads have appeared in London tube stations, the Evening Standard newspaper and, a viral video campaign spearheaded by actor Chris O’Dowd has also been used to promote the campaign.

Website Hotels.com has reported an increase in interest in breaks to the ‘Emerald Isle’ since the introduction of the campaign.

While no full national teams have based themselves here in the lead up to the Games, Ireland has still welcomed many athletes here as they look to prepare for their respective codes. Groups which have based themselves here include members of the Australian and Jamaican athletics team, the German pentathlon team and the USA synchronised swimming team.

The Paralympic Games which begin in late August has also attracted national teams here. The Zambian team will be based at Morton Stadium, Dublin while the Vietnamese contingent will be hosted at the University of Limerick training facilities.

The following enterprises secured contracts for the Games- ABM Precast, Swords; Anord Control Systems, Dundalk; Banagher Concrete, Offaly; Clearpower, Wicklow; Donseed, Kerry; Heneghan Peng Architects, Dublin; John Sisk & Son; Leinster Reinforcements, Kildare; Techrete, Dublin.

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21
Jun 12

Cork entrepreneurs launch sightseeing bus tours

Cork entrepreneurs launch sightseeing bus toursCork entrepreneurs launch sightseeing bus tours

A new sightseeing tour bus company, Happy Tours, based in Cork, has recently been launched to offer fun and cost-effective day tours to tourists visiting Ireland.

Happy Tours was established by three Cork-based entrepreneurs and friends who all have a background in the tourism and hospitality sector.

Enrico Zoppi and Julia Lynes of EazyCity, an accommodation provider for international visitors, have joined forces with Joan Walsh of Partnership Europe (which brings international clients to Cork on trade delegations, study visits and cultural programmes.

“We are bringing real Irish hospitality to bus tours around Ireland” explained Joan Walsh, “So our guests on board see the sights but also experience local culture and some fun along the way!  For example, our tours include stops at the renowned De Barra’s music pub in Clonakilty, where passengers taste Guinness and Clonakilty black and white pudding, as part of the package.

A Happy Tours guide is also present on all tours, to ensure that there is history and local knowledge commentary on the various tours, as well as guided walking tours which are standard on all the Happy Tours.

“Our aim is to provide the best value tours, while delivering a truly memorable tour in Ireland with tour guides, ‘insider sightseeing’ and great fun”, said Enrico Zoppi, an Italian who came to Ireland over 11 years ago and fell in love with life here.

Happy Tours currently runs tours to West Cork, Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney, Midleton and Cobh.  The service has recently expanded to include tours to Galway and Dublin.    All tours can be booked online at www.happytoursireland.com and Happy Tours also offers special rates to tours booked through local hostels, hotels, B&B’s and group bookings.  See www.facebook.com/happytours or t: 085-2345417

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18
Apr 12

Hilton Officially Launches Its Major Recruitment Drive

International hotel chain, Hilton Worldwide, has today launched a recruitment drive for 700 new jobs in the UK, ranging from management level positions to entry level roles and apprenticeships.

International hotel chain, Hilton Worldwide, has today launched a recruitment drive for 700 new jobs in the UK, ranging from management level positions to entry level roles and apprenticeships.

The recruitment drive is the initial phase of recruitment plans to add 1,500 new jobs in the company’s portfolio of hotels in the UK. Hilton’s expansion plans will also see the safeguarding of more than 1,900 jobs through hotel conversions to the Hilton Worldwide brand.

Hilton’s vice president of HR in Europe, Ben Bengougam, said that the recruitment would span the whole of the UK and would offer brilliant opportunities to dedicated workers.

“Our hotels cover the length and breadth of the U.K. and Ireland and the opportunities we offer stretch across the field of hospitality – from chefs to engineers and from architects to room attendants,” he said.

“We’re looking for people with a good work ethic and a passion for delivering excellent customer service. In return, we provide a fun, exciting, varied and supportive environment to prosper and grow, offering world-class training and development programmes to enable our people to fulfill their potential.”

The company is hosting a series of recruitment events this week to find the staff and has also launched an online recruitment facility to aid with the process.

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20
Mar 12

Discovering Ireland Through Joint Ventures

Ashford Castle Hotel and Gardens is one of the stays arranged for cultural experiences in Ireland.

The Irish Examiner USA, in conjunction with the James Joyce Foundation, USA, is planning a unique public/private partnership trade mission to Ireland this June 2012 called “Opportunity Ireland.” This venture will be a business and a leisure/cultural experience.

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The mission was inspired by the founder of the James Joyce Foundation USA, Stanley Goldstein, who envisioned a James Joyce cultural expedition to Ireland. He hosts the James Joyce Foundation Reading Group every month at the Irish Consulate in New York City, a group with approximately 25–35 members—professors, teachers, finance professionals, retirees, actors, and attorneys—who share a deep passion for Joyce’s work.

Opportunity Ireland will be an intimate gathering of business leaders and James Joyce enthusiasts who would like to take advantage of the opportunities Ireland currently offers to foreign companies.

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These opportunities include substantially increasing exports or entering global markets by setting up a European, or global, base in Ireland. Ireland has numerous advantages as an export platform and as a global hub.

And, of course, Ireland is also the country of the great writer James Joyce. This trip will mix business with the pleasure of seeing firsthand the city of Dublin, the inspiration for Joyce’s masterpiece, “Ulysses.”

Experience has shown that by combining business and culture, useful and oft times unexpected business synergies can be revealed.

Celebrating James Joyce

As James O’Malley, a member of the book club, has written:
“There is nothing unusual about a group of intense, obsessive New Yorkers meeting on the 17th floor of a high rise building on Park Avenue at 8:15 in the morning, until you are told that this is a James Joyce book club.

“Once a month, usually the third Tuesday of each month, we meet for an hour or 75 minutes to discuss chapter by chapter, or story by story, three books: ‘Dubliners,’ ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,’ and ‘Ulysses.’”

O’Malley further shares, “After finishing them, we read these three books again and again, like monks or rabbis poring over holy religious texts to discover new layers of meaning. Why are we so obsessed? James Joyce is a genius of the English language who has captured in his writings the heart of Ireland, the city of Dublin, from its streets, smells, songs, sounds, and lilting voices, to its history, politics, nationalism, and dark humor.”

The Ha’penny Bridge over Dublin’s Liffey River. The bridge was named the “Half Penny Bridge,” as the toll to cross it was once half a penny. (Martin Murphy/The Epoch Times)

“And as if that were not enough, he throws in the rest of civilization, from Greek mythology to obscure quotations in Latin and Sanskrit. He leaves nothing out and even dares to map out the very consciousness of man.”

“Read alone, ‘Ulysses’ can seem impenetrable, even unreadable,” O’Malley admits. “As a group, however, we can parse together Joyce’s endless references, cross-references, and allusions to classical literature, art, philosophy, religion, and history, without losing sight that at the heart of the book is a story of love and loss.”

“Joyce masterfully pulls us inside Bloom’s consciousness and we experience with him every thought, feeling, sensation, and fantasy, even hallucination,” says O’Malley. “But everyone has a different opinion about the kind of man Bloom really is. Is he a coward? Is he a fool? A real Jew? What exactly is he? We don’t always agree, which makes for lively discussions.”

Saints and Scholars

Ireland has historically been referred to as the “Land of Saints and Scholars.” Although they won’t all claim to be saints, the Irish certainly are a scholarly bunch with a young, well-educated workforce. This workforce, one of the best educated in Europe, will provide a firm foundation on which investors can build.

(L-R) Maurice Landers, co-founder, Opportunity Ireland, Vincent Cunnane, CEO of Shannon Development, Anne Anderson, Ireland ambassador to the United Nations, Norbert Galligan, AIB, and Peter Ryan, Ireland deputy consul general in New York, at the launch of Opportunity Ireland. (Courtesy of Gloria Starr Kins)

The leisure/cultural portion of the trip will include stays at some of Europe’s most famous retreats such as the Ashford Castle and Dromoland Castle, an intimate James Joyce excursion that will retrace some of his inspiring footsteps, golf at world famous golf courses, and excursions to other renowned Irish historical and cultural sites.

Upcoming Dublin Events
Titanic Festival of Creative Arts 2012, Mar. 24 – May 11
Children Save Dublin City — Read All About It!, through Mar. 31
A Spring Evening of Music and Song at Richview, UCD School of Architecture, Mar. 22
Fresh Film Festival, Mar 26–30
Dine in Dublin Week, Mar. 26 – Apr. 1
Dublin: One City, One Book 2012 – celebrates “Dubliners” by James Joyce, Mar. 28 – Apr 30
Wee Adventure Film Festival, Mar. 30
Hellfire Duathlon, Sporting Event, Mar. 31
St. Patrick’s Salsa Festival, Mar. 30 – Apr. 2 (yes, salsa!)

This could be the ideal opportunity for you (and your family!) to go on that trip to Ireland that you have always dreamed of taking. The business portion will include visits to the main Irish government enterprise agencies, the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament), and selective export-oriented Irish companies in many industry sectors.

An Irish Connection

Participants will be able to meet executives from firms that have already enjoyed and benefited from their “Irish Connection.”

Separate break-out programs will be arranged for specific areas of business interest in addition to the global export potential of Ireland-based operations.

Individual requests from participants to visit a particular company or historical site will be accommodated to the extent that it is practically possible to do so, as this trip is designed to meet each participant’s particular needs.

Ireland is the ideal location for companies that want to open a European or global base without the usual bureaucratic impediments.

Finally, Opportunity Ireland will help ensure that emerging companies will receive the same level of attention from public and private development agencies as that given to larger multinational corporations.

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