Tickets are now on sale for one of the best events on Cork's social calendar, the annual Tourism Dinner of the Cork branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF).
The black-tie Dinner, which takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Little Island on Thursday November 15th, celebrates the work and collaboration of the tourism sector in Cork, and brings together all tourism providers in the region for a night of networking and fun.
The theme of this year's event, 'Cork – A Global Village', will see hoteliers celebrating Cork as a gateway to the world, the presence of global companies in Cork, the region's world class visitor attractions and Cork as an international food destination and producer.
The hotel sector in Cork know how to throw a good party so you can expect lots of entertainment, delicious food and drink, prizes, and a touch of Cork class. It's a great night to entertain staff or clients.
Speaking at the launch of the event, which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Thursday October 18, Neil Grant, chair of the Cork branch of the IHF and manager of the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, said:
"The IHF Cork branch annual Tourism Dinner is one of the highlights of the social calendar in Cork. It provides an opportunity to congratulate and celebrate the fantastic work being done in the tourism sector here and it also allows the branch to raise funds to support Cork tourism initiatives in the year ahead.
"We're very excited about this year's theme, 'Cork - A Global Village,' which recognises the truly global landscape that the Cork hospitality sector now operates in. This is being amplified by the new Pure Cork and We Are Cork brands, in addition to Cork's prominent position on Failte Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's Ancient East marketing overseas. Furthermore, it gives us an opportunity to celebrate the multicultural, multinational city and county that we all live and work in."
Each year at the event, a Tourism Industry Award is also made to an individual to acknowledge their contribution to the Cork tourism industry.
The owners and chefs of Cork's three recently crowned Michelin star restaurants - Ichigo Ichie in Cork City; Chestnut, Ballydehob, and The Mews, Baltimore - have also been invited to the event to recognise their individual culinary achievements as well as their role in reaffirming Cork as the food capital of Ireland.
Michael Magner, General Manager of the Vienna Woods Hotel and chair of the event's organising committee, added:
"We're delighted that the annual tourism dinner is going to be bigger and better than ever. I'd like to thank all our sponsors as well as the management and staff at the Radisson Blu Hotel, and all of our organising committee for their commitment to making this event possible. It's going to be a fabulous evening!"
The main sponsor of the event is Kings Laundry, the nationwide hospitality industry laundry service which last year opened a €12m plant on a 3.5 acre Little Island site, creating almost 200 new jobs.
Tickets cost €85 per person and can be purchased via Ticket Tailor or through the Cork branch of the IHF, contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Tickets include a drinks reception on arrival, a banquet meal and entertainment throughout the evening. Proceeds on the evening will be donated to Cork Simon.