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John Phelan, the winner of a recent competition held in-store at Anthony Ryans, is presented with a Connacht Rugby Season Ticket By John Conran, Menswear Buyer at Anthony Ryans. Also in the photograph is Connacht player Danie Poolman.

The scale of Galway’s hospitality sector as part of the tourism infrastructure is underlined in a new report which reveals that the city and county boasts 504 pubs, 64 hotel bars and 141 fully licenced and wine licenced restaurants in the country.

The report by economist Tony Foley – entitled the Contribution of the Drinks Industry to Tourism, and commissioned for the Support Your Local campaign – found that Galway had 1,028,000 overseas tourists in 2013, spending €308 million, highlighting the importance of the overseas tourism industry for revenues in the country.

The report showed that overseas visitors to Ireland spend 21% of their holiday expenditure on food and drink, with 26% of overseas visitors using pubs in Galway and Mayo for meals.

The Support Your Local campaign is calling for excise tax on alcohol to be cut, stating that these taxes are damaging our competitiveness and costing jobs.

The new report was launched this week at a roundtable discussion featuring some of Ireland’s top tourist stakeholders ‘Opening Ours: Evolving Ireland’s Drinks and Hospitality Industry to improve our Tourist Offer’ in the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin.

At the discussion, Irish Whiskey tourism, the Wild Atlantic Way and the role of the pub were among the topics discussed. Mr Foley said that Ireland world renowned pubs are one of our top tourist draws, with many offering food and entertainment specifically for tourists.

“The regional spread of the hospitality sector, with 7457 pubs across the country, also supports the geographic spread of tourism,” he said.

The report notes that the drinks industry has the potential to make a strong contribution to the success of the Wild Atlantic Way project.

“The drinks industry is also responsible for the direct provision of major visitor attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s No.1 Visitor attraction, which attracted 1,269,371 visitors in 2014, IDL’s Old Jameson Distillery and Jameson Experience Midleton, which attracted 410,000 visitors between them, and newer developments like the Killlbeggan Distillery and Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre offering new attractions outside Dublin,” he said.

 

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Pandemic sees surge in digital

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David Curtin...digital upsurge.

The pandemic – and the need to switch business to the net – saw a massive 37% rise in new .ie domains registered in Galway over the last twelve months.

In total, 2,927 local businesses, services, and community groups mobilised online in response to pandemic, according to the latest .IE Domain Profile Report.

And that reflected the national picture which saw 65,113 new .ie domains registered in total in 2020 – the highest ever figure – with registrations peaking in May, six weeks after Government ordered non-essential retail to close.

There were 5,705 new .ie domain registrations in Connacht alone in 2020, a 38% increase on 2019. Indeed every county on the island recorded an increase in registrations. .IE is the national registry for .ie domain names.

David Curtin, Chief Executive of .IE, Ireland’s national registry for .ie domains said there had been a ‘mass mobilisation of digital in every part of the economy and society’ in response to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It suggests that businesses and public services, regardless of county or whether they are in a city or a small town, were able to quickly and easily set up an online presence and meet local demand in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is evident in Galway and across the entire province of Connacht,” he said.

“Businesses migrated online, many for the first time, in direct response to the lockdowns,” he said. “They realised that having an online presence, and in many cases e-commerce capabilities, would at the very least minimise the damage of reduced or non-existent footfall.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Western Development Commission invests €2m in Galway based Atlantic Therapeutics

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Manager at WDC at the recent announced of the WDC’s €2m investment.

The Western Development Commission has recently invested €2million in Atlantic Therapeutics, the Galway-based company pioneering a non-invasive, wearable treatment for urinary incontinence – a condition that impacts on one in three women worldwide.

It’s the largest single investment the WDC Investment Fund has made to date and is complemented by returning investors Seroba Life Sciences, Earlybird, LSP, Andera Partners and Atlantic Bridge, who continue their ongoing support for Atlantic Therapeutics with a substantial undisclosed investment.

The financing will support the expansion of the company’s commercialization activities in the core US and UK markets for its INNOVO technology to treat urinary incontinence. Also known as bladder weakness, urinary incontinence is a stigmatised condition that impacts one in three women worldwide, having a profoundly negative impact on quality and enjoyment of life.

Atlantic Therapeutics has established the INNOVO brand as the leading innovation in non-invasive, wearable neuromuscular electrical stimulation. The device acts to strengthen the pelvic floor and thereby treat the underlying cause of bladder weakness.

The technology has offered hope to millions of women worldwide whose only option to deal with bladder leaks has to been to use feminine hygiene pads.

The Western Development Commission’s €75m Investment Fund is an Evergreen investment fund, providing seed and venture capital and loan finance to SMEs, micro-enterprises, social enterprises and community projects across the Western Region.

To date, it has invested in more than 200 enterprises supporting over 5,000 jobs and leveraging over a quarter of a billion investment for western enterprises.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Food for thought at hotel careers fair!

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Jacinta Dalton and Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, Galway International Hotel School Heads of Department, at last year’s onsite Careers Fair.

Over 45 tourism and hospitality employers outlined a range of options across the sector at home and abroad for the legion of interested students who attended the Virtual GMIT International Hotel School Careers Fair last week.

Those options included work placements, summer jobs – as well as further graduate employment opportunities to GMIT students and alumni.

Among the students involved was Ciara Heneghan, who is in her 4th year of the BA in International Hotel Management.

“This year more than ever the Galway International Hotel School’s Careers Fair provided a great opportunity to all current students and alumni to meet and engage with many employers – albeit virtually,” she said.

“Personally, I have benefitted greatly from this careers fair in the past and secured wonderful work placement opportunities. We have grown accustomed to engaging online over the last year and this year’s virtual Career’s Fair presented all options once again.”

Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, Head of Department for Tourism & Heritage, said that the annual Careers Fair had gone from strength to strength.

“Its success is driven by our Links Office, who coordinate with our industry partners at home and aboard to offer both accredited placement and graduate opportunities to our students,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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