On-line boost for Kilkenny hotels

A Kilkenny hotel has won an award from the well-known, on-line travel advice site TripAdvisor. Kilkenny’s Newpark Hotel was ranked number one in Ireland for satisfaction with regard to family stays. This is the thirteenth year that TripAdvisor has held the Travellers’ Choice Awards, which give recognition to the most outstanding establishments across various categories including luxury, romance, small and family-oriented hotels.

James Kay from TripAdvisor said that the winners of the awards are “based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. These awards recognise the finest hotels across the globe, according to those that really matter – the guests themselves.”

The four-star Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny is part of the Flynn Hotels group. The hotel has 129 bedrooms categorised into Classic, Superior, Executive and Family rooms and the Ballinamore penthouse suite. The family-friendly hotel has 29 spacious Classic and Superior family rooms which are suitable for two adults and two children. Twenty rooms are interconnecting and are suitable for families of three children and more.

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Kilkenny hotels on promotion drive

Representatives from several Kilkenny hotels have recently been travelling far afield to promote the message abroad that Kilkenny City and county are places worth visiting both for business and leisure.

The Lyrath Estate Hotel recently participated at an event in London which was organised by Tourism Ireland to promote the country as a convention destination. The gathering provided the Lyrath Estate Hotel representatives with an opportunity to meet senior members of around forty top British companies involved in the corporate meetings and MICE (meetings, incentive, conferences and events) industry with a view to attracting additional conference business to Kilkenny.

The head of business and sports tourism at Tourism Ireland, David Boyce, said of the event that : “Tourism Ireland is delighted that so many of the key decision-makers from this sector took the time to attend our networking event and meet our Irish partners, demonstrating a keen interest in Ireland for conferences, events and meetings. Mr Boyce went on to say that his organisation was striving to encourage decision-makers involved in the MICE industry to include the whole of Ireland in their 2013 programmes.

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Kilkenny Hotel joins Select Hotels of Ireland Group

The four star Kilkenny Ormonde hotel has just announced that it is to form part of the Select Hotels of Ireland group. The hotel is right in the center of Kilkenny city in Ormonde Street and a just very short walk from one of the city’s main attractions, Kilkenny Castle. The hotel’s location is ideal for those wishing to visit Kilkenny’s many shops, restaurants, bars and theatres. The hotel has 118 bedrooms, a modern conference center that can cater for over 500 delegates and is one of the top wedding venues in the area.

The hotel recently won the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce’s Age Friendly Award and offers a wide variety of accommodation to suit the needs of a wide range of guests. The hotel also boasts a health and leisure Club as well as conference and banqueting facilities and is a great location for family breaks and romantic escapes as well as for business.

General Manager of the hotel, Colin Ahern views joining Select Hotels of Ireland as an important step toward achieving the hotel’s 2013 promotional strategy. Mr Ahern said: “In a vastly changed and competitive market it is very important that we... Click to continue reading

Lyrath Estate Hotel hosts food producers forum

Over 20 food producers from the South East recently attended a “Meet the Buyer” event that was held at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny. The local food producers attended the networking event at the end of April with a view to meeting buyers from major national and international companies and presenting their products to them. The event at the Kilkenny hotel was an initiative run by the Southeast Regional Inter-agency, which aimed to develop the agri-food sector in the region in line with the Irish Government’s Food Harvest 20/20strategy. Invest Kilkenny as well as other Enterprise Boards from counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford City, Waterford County and Wexford were involved in the event.

During the event the producers were able to showcase their products directly to the buyers, who could personally review their product ranges and offer advice on packaging and presentation as well as discussing potential deals. Some of the Kilkenny firms taking part included Highbank Orchards, Kells Wholemeal and Oldtown Hill Bakehouse.

Attending the event, Helen Finnegan from Knockdrinna Cheeses said: “There has been some interest and hopefully there will be some follow up. There are big names present who supply into hotels and catering.... Click to continue reading