IHF Shannon branch says airport resurgence is having a real impact on business
Monday, 27 April 2015: The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) Shannon Region branch has said that the resurgence at Shannon Airport is helping to reboot the hotel industry across the region.
Speaking following a recent meeting of the IHF – attended by hoteliers from counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary – in Shannon to lend the organisation’s support to the airport’s ‘Fly Shannon’ campaign, IHF Shannon Branch Chairperson Elaina Fitzgerald Kane said that hotels are most definitely experiencing a ‘bounce’ from growth in passenger numbers and services at the airport.
“It’s no coincidence that we are experiencing an upswing in business at hotels across the region given the resurgence that is ongoing at Shannon. Last year the airport experienced a 17% increase in passenger numbers after the addition of a range of new services. It’s great to have those services retained this year as they ensure the region has the type of connections needed directly into the region from our key markets in the US, mainland Europe and the UK.
“Holding our meeting here at Shannon was an opportunity to meet the team at Shannon in person again and you get the sense of excitement and enthusiasm they have for the task they have at hand, which is very reassuring for hoteliers.
“We all have to work together to ensure the services at Shannon are retained. In the IHF we will certainly be doing our part in that regard.”
Pictured front row (l-r) are: Neil Pakey, CEO, Shannon Group; Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, Woodlands House Hotel and Spa, Adare and Chairperson of the Irish Hotels Federation Shannon branch; Mary Gleeson, General Manager, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis; Margaret Atalia, Delbert House Hotel, Kilmallock; Therese Gillespie, South Court Hotel, Limerick; Louise O’Hara, General Manager, Park Inn by Radisson, Shannon Airport and Sean Lally, General Manager of the Strand Hotel, Limerick.
Back row (l to r): David Fitzgerald, Woodlands House Hotel and Spa, Adare; Paul Madden, General Manager, the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis; Pat Reddan, General Manager, Maldron Hotel, Limerick; Ray Kearney, Sales and Marketing Director, Trump International Hotel & Golf Links, Doonbeg; Donnacha Hurley, General Manager, Absolute Hotel & Spa, Limerick; Mark Nolan, General Manager, Dromoland Castle Hotel, Newmarket-on-Fergus; Daniel Donovan, Rathkeale House Hotel; Patricia Roberts, proprietor, No 1 Pery Square, Hotel & Spa, Limerick; Damien O’Grady, General Manager, Rathkeale House Hotel, Limerick; Matt Mueller, Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh; Ivan Tuohy, General Manager, Clarion Hotel, Limerick and Brian Harrington, General Manager the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick.