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Killarney to pull out all the stops for tourism forum this weekend

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At the launch of the National Tourism Forum “Let’s Talk Tourism” are standing: Kerry Hotel Federation president Terence Mulcahy, Sean Healy of AIB, SKAL Republic of Ireland President Sean O’Driscoll, Derrick Lynch of AIB, Diarmuid Leen of AIB Business Banking, Seated: Joan McCarthy Head of Tourism Development Kerry County Council, Forum MC Miriam O’Callaghan & Margaret O’Connor of AIB Business Banking. PICTURE: MARC O'SULLIVAN

BROADCASTER Miriam O’Callaghan will be in town this weekend to chair a major tourism forum on November 25 and 26. The Let’s Talk Tourism event will be sponsored by AIB, Kerry County Council and Fáilte Ireland, and will take place in association with Skål Republic of Ireland, the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation and Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce.

The forum, which will unfold in the Muckross Park Hotel, will explore and examine topics such as Brexit and its effect on tourism, the future of tourism in Ireland and is it just about quantity or quality, international tourism trends, tourism policy in Ireland and what is needed to grow tourism and jobs further, as well as rural tourism and how to spread the tourism wealth around the country.
AIB confirmed today it has approved over €300 million in loans to the hotel sector this year.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s National Tourism Forum, Owen Travers, AIB’s Head of Hospitality, said: “AIB has a long history of supporting the Irish hospitality industry which is a vital sector for the Irish economy. Our customers’ hard work has been one of the key driving forces behind employment growth and the Irish economic recovery. AIB continues to back all aspects of our customers’ businesses from acquisition and business expansion to capital reinvestment and select new hotel development. We have been in a position to support successive generations of Irish hoteliers across the country to realise their ambitions.”

The MHL Hotel Collection is among the 30 hotels backed by AIB this year. Paul Higgins, Partner with the MHL Hotel Collection, said: “AIB has supported the growth and expansion of our business over the last number of years both in Dublin and regionally across Ireland.”
Guest speakers at the forum in Killarney this weekend include Professor of Finance, TCD, Brian Lucey, Chief Executive Officer of the Dalata Hotel Group, Pat McCann and Irish Hotels Federation President, Joe Dolan. Other notable speakers include MEP Sean Kelly, Independent TD, Michael Healy Rae and Chief Executive of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation, Eoghan O’Mara Walsh.

On the evening of Friday, November 25, a business networking dinner will be held at The Brehon Hotel. Special guests being interviewed on the night will be former Kerry footballers Darragh, Tomás and Marc Ó Sé, who together hold 16 All Ireland medals, 12 All Stars Awards, 28 Munster titles and 257 Championship Appearances.

On Saturday, November 26, the forum goes to Dingle for the day and forum delegates will be shown how Dingle has developed food and rural tourism on the Dingle Peninsula over the last ten years and how it is booming as a result. A Taste of Kerry lunch will be hosted in Benner’s Hotel and Bridgestone Guide Writer John McKenna will be the keynote speaker at lunch.
The social itinerary of the conference includes the gala blacktie Kerry IHF Christmas Ball at Muckross Park Hotel on Saturday night, November 26, hosted by the Kerry IHF Chairman Terence Mulcahy.

Sean O’Driscoll, Conference Chairman and Skal Republic of Ireland President, said: “Various sectors within the tourism industry have annual conferences to discuss the particular interests and issues involving their specific sector. However, there is no forum for the grassroots of all sectors within tourism to meet, to debate and discuss tourism. Our aim was to create a forum where tourism business owners and managers on the ground can discuss the future of tourism in Ireland and network and share business learnings.”
For further information or to book a place at Let’s Talk Tourism- National Tourism Forum see www.ntf.ie or email or email info@ntf.ie
 


 
At the launch of the National Tourism Forum “Let’s Talk Tourism” are standing: Kerry Hotel Federation president Terence Mulcahy, Sean Healy of AIB, SKAL Republic of Ireland President Sean O’Driscoll, Derrick Lynch of AIB, Diarmuid Leen of AIB Business Banking, Seated: Joan McCarthy Head of Tourism Development Kerry County Council, Forum MC Miriam O’Callaghan & Margaret O’Connor of AIB Business Banking.
PICTURE: MARC O’SULLIVAN

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Tribute to former Chamber president and Liebherr director

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has paid tribute to the late Klaus Nölke who passed away on Sunday. A native of Hannover in Germany, he had lived in Killarney since 1968 and was a very dedicated, enterprising and long-serving member of Chamber, serving as its President from 1982 to 1984. The Chamber expressed its […]

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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has paid tribute to the late Klaus Nölke who passed away on Sunday.

A native of Hannover in Germany, he had lived in Killarney since 1968 and was a very dedicated, enterprising and long-serving member of Chamber, serving as its President from 1982 to 1984.

The Chamber expressed its condolences to his wife, Christal, sons Lars and Kjell, daughters-in-law Norma and Yvonne, grandchildren Max, Ben, Lara, Ewan and Katie and his extended family and friends.

Chamber President Niall Kelleher said Klaus, of Sundays Well Apartments, Countess Road and formerly of Crohane, Fossa, played a major role in the industrial, commercial and business life in Killarney through his work as a director with the Liebherr Container Cranes company from 1968 to 2002.

“Everybody realises and appreciates the enormous role Liebherr has played and still plays in the everyday life of Killarney and Klaus Nölke was a central figure in the remarkable progress made by the company down through the years,” the Chamber President said.

“His wonderful vision and his technical and commercial prowess ensured that Liebherr remained at the cutting edge and, in that regard, his contribution to the commercial life of Killarney was enormous,” Mr Kelleher added.

Born in 1939, Klaus was a very enterprising Chamber of Commerce President for a two-year term and he helped establish the Killarney Working Group which led to the setting up of the hugely successful Killarney Looking Good Competition.

A long-time member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, Mr Nölke was also the voluntary project leader in the painstaking project to restore the ornate iron railings which surround the Church of the Sloes opposite the town hall in Killarney.

A private funeral will take place in St Mary’s Church of Ireland tomorrow (Wednesday) which will be live streamed at 2pm on www.churchservices.tv/killarneystmarysloes followed by burial in Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney.

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Replacement carrier could be in place by the end of July

By Michelle Crean   Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday). The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect.  The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming […]

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By Michelle Crean 
 

Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday).

The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect. 

The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming days, in accordance with applicable EU rules on air service Public Service Obligations (PSOs), and taking account of legal advice. It is anticipated that the emergency procurement process will be completed by early July, with a view to services being restarted by the new operator(s) as soon as possible thereafter. The contract will be subject to a maximum term of seven months and will operate in accordance with EU law.

PROCUREMENT PROCESS

In tandem, the Department will launch a procurement process for a maximum of four years for the continued provision of the services, which will apply after the temporary contract has expired. This will mitigate against any disruption to these services once the emergency contract expires.

The Department recognises the importance of restoring regional connectivity to these airports in advance of the reopening of international travel on July 19 and continues to engage closely with aviation stakeholders in this regard.

Education Minister and Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry, Norma Foley, has welcomed today’s Cabinet commitment to make the Kerry Dublin PSO route a priority.

“The restoration of our regional connectivity is of critical importance to the people of Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“Transport Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed to me his intentions to seek an expedited tendering process which aims to have a replacement carrier in place by mid-end of July.

“I am confident Government will continue to engage as a priority with relevant stakeholders until a suitable resolution is reached for the benefit of Kerry and the south-west region.”

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Free career webinar for parents of Leaving Cert students

  A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices. Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm. This webinar will highlight and explain the […]

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A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices.

Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm.

This webinar will highlight and explain the important things that parents need to know to help their son/daughter use the CAO Change of Mind facility correctly ahead of the final deadline on July 1 at 5.15pm and to explore the many career options open to them after Leaving Cert.

“This is a very stressful time for Leaving Cert students and parents, and the main focus right now is on getting through the exams after a challenging two years,” Niamh said. “The final deadline for CAO is approaching and it is essential that students have finalised their course choices – knowing what to do is critical, that’s where I can help!

“In this one hour webinar I am going to walk through the steps of how the CAO Change of Mind facility works, what happens at the CAO Offer stage, what students need to do to make sure that they have the best chance to secure a college place in autumn 2021, and the common mistakes to avoid when using the CAO Change of Mind. I will also highlight the many other options that are available outside of CAO.”
 

This training is for parents of Leaving Cert students who:

Are confused and want to learn about how the CAO system works.

Are worried that their son/daughter will make a mistake with filling up the CAO Change of Mind facility.

Want to reduce the stress their son/daughter is feeling right now and support them in making this very important career decision.

Are worried that their son/daughter may not get the course they want.

Want to know about career options outside of CAO.

To join the webinar go to: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5316227987750/WN_t7NhIRaFSc-GU6ycjdAyRA

For further details or clarification contact Niamh Dwyer on 087 9801105 or info@mycareerplan.ie.

Check updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @mycareerplan1, or go to www.mycareerplan.ie.

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