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Tourism chiefs come to Galway

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Charlie Troy and Dearbhaill Staundún (left) from Cnoc Suain hosting members of the board of Tourism Ireland at their Spiddal retreat centre last week, pictured with (from left) Galway City Council CEO Brendan McGrath; Chris Kelly of Trad on the Prom; Galway County Council CEO Kevin Kelly; Brian Ambrose, Chairman of Tourism Ireland; Kathleen McDonagh, Go West; Patrick O’Flaherty, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel; Joan O’Shaughnessy, Vice Chairman of Tourism Ireland; Zôe Fitzgerald, Renvyle House Hotel; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; and Fergus O’Halloran, The Twelve Hotel.

The Twelve Hotel in Barna was the venue for the May board meeting of Tourism Ireland.

And while here, board members took the opportunity to meet with local tourism operators prior to the meeting, to discuss the tourism season and the extensive promotional programme which Tourism Ireland is undertaking to highlight Galway, the West of Ireland and the island of Ireland around the world this year.

Speaking after the board meeting, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We were delighted to be in Galway for this month’s board meeting and to have the chance to meet with representatives of the tourism industry from the West of Ireland and to hear directly how their business is doing.

“It also afforded us the opportunity to discuss the extensive promotional programme which Tourism Ireland is undertaking around the world this year, to build on the success of 2015 and continue to grow overseas visitor numbers to the West of Ireland.

“Priority markets are Great Britain, the United States, Germany and France, but our promotions are also continuing in other key markets across the world – including Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Australia and New Zealand, as well as new and emerging markets like China and India.”

Galway city and county, its events, heritage and visitor attractions, as well as many other aspects of this part of Ireland, feature prominently in Tourism Ireland’s promotions around the world. Tourism Ireland profiles Galway extensively on its global suite of websites, Ireland.com, which which attracted about 16.5 million unique visitors in 2015.

Galway is also highlighted through Tourism Ireland’s social media platforms – to its 3.4+ million active Facebook fans and 324,000+ followers on Twitter.

In 2015, Tourism Ireland helped generate about €55.6 million worth of positive publicity for Galway in key markets around the world, through press releases, press visits, e-newsletters and various media events.

Tourism Ireland’s activity also includes co-operative promotions to highlight ease of access to Ireland West Airport Knock e.g. with Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Flybe to promote their services to IWAK.

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Aer Lingus addition means airline will have record capacity at Shannon in 2020

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Pictured at Shannon Airport onboard the new A321neo LR aircraft were (from left) Donal Moriarty, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Aer Lingus, Andrew Murphy, Managing Director Shannon Airport, Rose Hynes, Chairman Shannon Group and Mary Considine, CEO Shannon Group.

There was double cause for celebration in Shannon last week when Aer Lingus launched its second new aircraft at the airport as its New York JFK service resumes ahead of schedule.

CEO of Shannon Group, Mary Considine, has said that the launch today of the new Shannon-based aircraft and the early return of Aer Lingus’ JFK service was a further show of commitment by the airline to Shannon Airport and the region.

The service recommenced last week – a month earlier than in previous years – and will operate six days a week, rising to seven days a week in the peak summer months all the way through to the end of the year.

Passengers will now avail of the new state-of-the-art A321neo LR aircraft on this route, which comes complete with additional business class capacity.

With this and their two services for Shannon in 2020, Aer Lingus’ capacity this year will grow by 20%.   As a result 2020 will see the largest percentage increase in the number of Aer Lingus seats in over 30 years at Shannon Airport.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Global leadership experts set for Galway conference

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Guest...Kelly Swanson.

An international conference – tackling today’s business leadership challenges – will take place next October in Galway.

Leading At The Edge will bring 400 leaders from organisations large and small in every sector from across Ireland together to hear from international experts and local success stories on what’s required to lead in the 2020’s: getting and retaining engagement with staff, customers and other stakeholders.

Among the world-renowned speakers at the event in the Galmont Hotel will be Jason Jennings, the NY Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of eight books on leadership. Warren Buffett liked one of Jason’s books so much he bought boxes full to give to his colleagues.

“There are many organisations along the western seaboard which want to learn from global experts but don’t have the time to travel to and stay in Dublin,” says Galway resident Kevin Kelly, one of the organisers of Leading At The Edge

“People coming to Leading At The Edge can expect to leave with ideas they can put to work straight away in their organisations as well as benefiting from a huge network of 400 business leaders in one place for one day.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Cost of living leaves no room for pension

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Breda Dooley, Matrix Recruitment.

Almost half of Irish adults do not have a pension, and more than one-third of those blame rent and other day-to-day bills for making it impossible for them to afford contributions.

That’s according to the Matrix Recruitment Pension, which also reported that, when it came to pensions, males outnumbered females – with 60% of men have a pension as opposed to 48% of women.

Of the 52% surveyed who do contribute to a pension, two fifths (41%) say that they are not confident that their pension will be enough to live off in retirement, based on current contribution rates.

A further 31% responded that they simply didn’t know if their pension would be enough for retirement.

The state pension age became one of the hottest topics of debate between the political parties and the electorate in the run-up to last weekend’s General Election.

Given that the research was conducted during the election campaign period, it raises the question as to whether the heightened awareness and conversation around pensions impacted the findings.

The survey also found that 29% of adults without a pension are planning to start one this year – and more than two thirds (69%) of those with a pension said that they planned to increase their contributions in the future.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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