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Skills shortage leads to call for CERT return

A CALL for one State body to be given responsibility for training staff entering the tourism industry sparked a lively debate at a high-profile tourism forum in Killarney, Co Kerry at the weekend. But the chief executive of Fáilte Ireland has insisted that his organisation does not have the legislative remit or the resources to […]

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Guest speakers put through their paces by RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan

A MAJOR two-day tourism forum in Killarney at the weekend featured several high-profile and influential guest speakers and it created great interest and lively debating points within the industry. Business interests from across the country attended the AIB Let’s Talk Tourism event, which was organised by the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels Federation, SKAL […]

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Dublin needs Killarney

BUSINESS tourism is worthy three times the value of leisure tourism to Ireland, Conference Partners Managing Director, Nicola McGrane, reminded the forum in Killarney. She said there is a real need for the industry to concentrate on conference and convention business. Shelbourne Hotel General Manager, Stephen Hanley, told delegates that Dublin needs Killarney if it […]

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Poor access a big problem

POOR regional access is the biggest single problem facing the Irish tourism industry, the President of the Irish Hotels Federation, Joe Dolan, told delegates. Despite that, the country is “doing very well” and people were arriving in droves and “spending a  lot of money,” he said. But he expressed concerns about what he described as […]

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People power is all-important

WHEN visitors to Kerry and other parts of Ireland reflect on their holidays, it’s the people they remember more than the food, the service or the scenery, Kerry Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, told the AIB Let’s Talk Tourism forum. He said the interaction with friendly local people is the main attraction and the calibre […]

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Super train the solution

THE provision of a super train travelling between the airports in Shannon and Dublin, with an estimated journey time of just 45 minutes, would be a sure-fire solution to the problems of access and regionality impacting on the industry, Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae told delegates at the AIB Let’s Talk Tourism forum. He said it […]

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There is no need for panic

FAILTE Ireland’s Director of Business Development, Paul Keeley, said when the Brexit situation is being reviewed, there is no need for panic as it’s worth noting that the average British tourism stays in Ireland for a shorter period and spends less than holidaymakers from other markets. He said it is important to focus on markets […]

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Killarney is being ‘choked’

TRINITY College Professor of Finance, Brian Lucey, suggested at the Let’s Talk Tourism forum that Killarney was becoming a problem for Kerry tourism in that the industry had become too big there and the town is being “choked”. He said there is a need to encourage people to stay longer in Kerry and to visit […]

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CEO wants season extended

EFFORTS need to be made and initiatives must to be launched to extend the tourism season in Kerry beyond the traditional May to October busy period, Kerry County Council Chief Executive, Moira Murrell, told delegates at the AIB Let’s Talk Tourism forum. She said tourism contributed €120 million to the Kerry economy every year and […]

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More rooms the key to progress

DUBLIN needs thousands of extra hotel rooms if important business, particularly in the conference sector, is not to be lost, the CEO of Ireland’s biggest hotel group warned at the AIB Let’s Talk Tourism forum in Killarney. Delata boss Pat McCann said the capital is unique in European terms as no new rooms have been […]

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