Tim Fenn

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Adrian Cummins, chief executive Restaurants Association of Ireland at a special committee meeting on Covid-19 response at Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Landlords renting commercial premises have not stepped up to the plate and taken their “fair share of the pain” during the coronavirus pandemic, the R(...)

Hotels along the Wild Atlantic Way finished last  year with an average occupancy level of 65%

Hotels and guesthouses outside Dublin bore the brunt of last year’s slowdown in tourism growth, according to a leading industry lobby group. Irish ho(...)

A total of 76 per cent, when asked who the perpetrator was, said it was ‘someone in a position of power – the chef, the owner, the manager’.  Photograph: iStock

A “culture of ill-treatment within the hospitality sector” includes widespread sexual harassment, bullying and verbal abuse, an Oireachtas Committee h(...)

Irish Hotels Federation president  Michael Lennon and  chief executive Tim Fenn at the federation’s annual conference in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

There has already been a sharp drop in bookings for hotels and guesthouses outside of Dublin even in advance of the UK’s departure from the EU, the Ir(...)

Tim Fenn of the Irish Hotels Federation believes the Irish accommodation sector is ‘absolutely good value for money’ and the evidence ‘is to be found in the solid growth we have seen over several years’ Photograph: iStock

Perception counts for a lot in tourism circles and a notion that a destination is good value for money, or at least not bad value, goes a long way tow(...)

Outgoing hotels federation chief Joe Dolan said coarse fishermen, who traditionally hail from Britain, were almost non-existent this year. Photograph: Getty Images

A drop in numbers of British tourists visiting the Republic following the Brexit vote cost the hospitality industry more than €60 million in 2017, wit(...)

Dublin’s Convention Centre: the development of the hotel industry is vital in building sustainable business tourism in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
No room at the inn

“We need new hotels,” says Sam Johnson, manager of the Dublin Convention Bureau, the city’s meetings and incentive tourism promotion agency. “Are we t(...)

The Hilton Hotel in Manhattan: some 47,000 visitors did not stay in hotels in New York on New Year’s Eve last year, but opted to stay in properties rented through Airbnb

On New Year’s Eve in New York, 47,000 visitors did not stay in hotels, opting instead for properties rented through Airbnb. There are about 113,000 ho(...)

The former Findlater House office block on O’Connell Street is being converted into a 198-bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel. It was bought in 2013 for €6.2m by the London-based Seraphine Hotel Group. The 1970s building was previously sold to developer Garret Kelleher in 2005 for more than €30m. Anglo Irish Bank provided funding, and the loan was subsequently transferred to Nama. Eircom occupied the block for many years. photograph: aidan crawley

It’s shaping up to be a record year for tourism, as the Central Statistics Office released visitor numbers for the first nine months showing an increa(...)

The Government has retained the 9% VAT rate for tourism – but with a warning to Dublin Hoteliers against price hiking.

The Government has retained the 9 per cent VAT rate for tourism – but with a warning to Dublin hoteliers against price hiking, which Minister for Fina(...)

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