Hospitality


14
May 14

Hillbilly’s Family Restaurants to Create 80 jobs

Chain to open three new restaurants across Ireland in first half of the year.

Hillbilly’s Family Restaurants is set to create 80 part-time and fulltime jobs in the first half of 2014 as it opens three new stores in Galway, Cork and Dublin.

Established in 1997 in Cork by Michael Grace, the fast-food restaurant currently operates eight stores across Ireland, and will this week open an 80+ seating restaurant on Eyre Square in Galway, which will employ 40 people.

Eamon Keogh, manager of the Galway restaurant, said the response to the new outlet has been “enthusiastic”.

The restaurant chain operates a franchising model, based on an initial 10-year agreement, with the possibility of extending for a further 10 years.

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2
Oct 13

TripAdvisor to Establish Largest Engineering Hub Outside the USA in Ireland

At least 50 core web engineering roles to be targeted in Dublin.

DUBLIN, IRELAND – The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton TD joined TripAdvisor to announce that the world’s largest travel website is to establish a new engineering hub in Dublin. The hub is the largest of its kind to be established outside of the United States by TripAdvisor, and will see at least 50 high quality web engineering roles created in the short term alone.

The company is to locate in the area known as Silicon Docks and recruitment for the new positions will begin immediately. The Dublin hub will be a centre for key engineering roles globally, working closely with TripAdvisor’s world-class team of engineers in the US to deliver new and improved features to TripAdvisor’s platforms – including its core TripAdvisor websites, Vacation Rentals, and TripAdvisor for Business products.

Making the joint announcement Minister Bruton said: “The ICT sector is at the heart of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, and in recent years we have seen jobs growth in this area as the biggest names on the internet decide to locate operations in Ireland. Today I am delighted to welcome the announcement that TripAdvisor is coming to Dublin. This is a company which has revolutionised the travel industry and one of the fastest growing businesses on the internet, and today’s announcement confirms our status as the internet capital of Europe. I wish TripAdvisor every success here”.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton TD joined TripAdvisorto announce that the world’s largest travel website is to establish a new engineering hub in Dublin. The hub is the largest of its kind to be established outside of the United States by TripAdvisor, and will see at least 50 high quality web engineering roles created in the short term alone.The company is to locate in the area known as Silicon Docks and recruitment for the new positions will begin immediately. The Dublin hub will be a centre for key engineering roles globally, working closely with TripAdvisor’s world-class team of engineers in the US to deliver new and improved features to TripAdvisor’s platforms – including its core TripAdvisor websites, Vacation Rentals, and TripAdvisor for Business products.

Making the joint announcement Minister Bruton said: “The ICT sector is at the heart of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, and in recent years we have seen jobs growth in this area as the biggest names on the internet decide to locate operations in Ireland. Today I am delighted to welcome the announcement that TripAdvisor is coming to Dublin. This is a company which has revolutionised the travel industry and one of the fastest growing businesses on the internet, and today’s announcement confirms our status as the internet capital of Europe. I wish TripAdvisor every success here”. – See more at: http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/article/56945/tripadvisor-to-establish-largest-engineering#sthash.mFB4CUxs.dpuf

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26
Sep 13

Forty Jobs Created by new Nando’s Restaurant in Dun Laoghaire

http://insideireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Nandos1.jpgForty jobs have been created with the opening of a new Nando’s outlet in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, 25th September. The new restaurant is 4,200sqm in size and can host 130 diners, with an additional 48 seats available outdoors.

Nando’s say they are ‘the home of the legendary Portuguese flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken’.
(PIC:© Copyright Sebastian Ballard and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence)

The restaurant, which is situated on Marine Road, has created 40 jobs and brings the number of people Nando’s employs across its 10 restaurants in Ireland to 260. The 40 new positions are for full and part-time positions including cashiers and grillers.

Alan Snyman from Nando’s said:

“We’re delighted to announce the growth of our Irish team with the 40 new positions created at Dun Laoghaire. It’s always easy to make hires in Ireland as the natural energy and enthusiasm of the Irish people makes them a great fit for the Nando’s team.”

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15
Sep 13

Airbnb Locate New European HQ in Dublin & Create 100 jobs.

Specialist US travel accommodation company Airbnb has chosen Dublin as the location for its European headquarters.

The move is expected to create around 100 jobs for the city, although final figures have not been confirmed.

The San Francisco-based company — which has only been in existence for five years — basically acts as an online accommodation network and communication platform for people looking to rent unoccupied living space in their properties to holidaymakers.

Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky blogged the news yesterday, saying that Dublin was picked for its welcoming reputation.

Europe has grown to become Airbnb’s biggest market and the company already has seven offices across the continent. However, Dublin will be its European HQ and house its customer service hub — or ‘hospitality innovation lab’.

Explaining his location choice, Mr Chesky said: “Dublin has hospitality in its DNA. Dublin is known the world over for its warm welcome. The city has a reputation for being one of the most hospitable and friendliest places in the world. Dublin is also an emerging technology epicentre in Europe, and one of its most international cities, with nearly every language represented.”

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7
Jun 13

Irish app Temptster in Tech All Stars final 12.

Irish app Temptster in Tech All Stars final 12Temptster, the Irish-developed smartphone app which allows restaurants and clubs to promote offers when they’re not fully booked, has made it through to the final 12 of the EU-backed competition ‘Tech All Stars’.

Foodservices entrepreneur Ollie Fegan came up with the app, which was launched in February this year, using GPS technology to identify the user’s location and display all available offers in nearby bars and restaurants.

Organised by the European Commission Information Society and Media, Tech All Stars aims to foster web entrepreneurship, and connect start-ups with the people and resources to help them succeed.

Vice president of the European Commission Neelie Kroes supports the initiative, believing that young technology talent is key to European recovery.

Fegan will represent Ireland and his Temptster app at the Berlin Tech All Stars forum this weekend, an opportunity he described as “incredible”.

“We get to pick the brains of mentors, entrepreneurs, and investors at the top of their game, and get feedback on our business pitch.  Many of the start-ups, whether or not they feature in the final three, secure valuable backers and business deals on the back of Tech All Stars.”

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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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14
Aug 12

Jo’Burger cooks up 120 new jobs

logoDUBLIN-BASED Jo’Burger restaurant group plans to open up four new restaurants next year, cooking up 120 new jobs.

The firm has seen a significant 230pc jump in revenues within the last year and similar figures are anticipated for the coming year.

Irish rugby international Jamie Heaslip holds a share in the group’s Bear restaurant, one of five restaurants in Dublin.

Company director John Roberts said the Leinster rugby star meets with the company every week to discuss the business and he is “chomping at the bit to be involved more”.

The group has two branches of Jo’Burger — one in Rathmines, the other a new branch in Castle Market in Dublin city centre. It also runs the Skinflint pizza restaurant in Temple Bar and the chicken restaurant Crackbird on Dame Street.

In January 2011, employee numbers were listed at 15 and they now have 115 in total.

Accumulated losses at Jo’Burger Ltd rose by 120pc from €76,229 to €168,439 in the 12 months to the end of December.

But Mr Roberts said the increase in losses was down to investment costs in establishing Bear, housing Crackbird permanently and setting up Jo’Burger in the city centre.

The group first established pop-up restaurants and said that social media was fundamental to the restaurant group’s growth.

“We have a well-established brand now,” Mr Roberts said. “The business is going very well and we have a very distinct product.”

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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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