Local hoteliers rest easier as occupancy up

first_img Previous articleMurray gets nod at nine for openerNext article‘New moral low’ as graveside visitor robbed admin Facebook Print Linkedin Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img HARD work and ingenuity is paying off for Limerick’s hoteliers, who have driven business up after getting in bed with tourism attractions and restaurateurs to cut deals.According to the Mid-West Hotel Federation branch of the Hotel Federation of Ireland, Limerick is now “the most competitively priced tourist city in terms of hotel prices in the country”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Chairman of the Mid-West branch, Clare hotelier Michael Vaughan, said that the work being done by the city’s hotels is to be applauded. “They have got together with the tourism attractions, such as Thomond Park and the restaurants and done deals for packages. They have sought funding for marketing and brochures and it’s paying off. The latest report is that there is an increase of three per cent in occupancy year on year,” Michael told The Limerick Post.He was speaking in the wake of the publication of the release of the latest hotel figures from STL Global for Dublin, which show that rates being charged in the capital are up by 5.4 per cent. “There is a two-pronged recovery. One is the kind of recovery seen in Dublin and aside from the fact that it is a capital city, there have also been massive investments in attractions like the Aviva stadium and the Grand Canal Theatre. Limerick is recovering in terms of occupancy”.There is also increased activity in terms of coach tour business in the city, the hotels representative said. “Limerick is probably now the most competitively priced tourist city in Ireland”. The improvement is welcomed in the entire region, Michael said, as Limerick “has underperformed for the last 10 years. The Mid-West branch (of the IHF) had identified Limerick city tourism as the single biggest tourism difficulty in the region. If Limerick improves its tourism draw, then that brings people into the region”. Email NewsLocal NewsLocal hoteliers rest easier as occupancy upBy admin – September 13, 2011 466 Advertisementlast_img read more

Ag funds fall short

first_imgAs the people who must provide the research needed to keepU.S. agriculture at its best, administrators and scientists ofland-grant universities are beginning to understand theirimplications clearly.The real problem they see is that too many of the people who fund their research are thinking “farmer” instead of “food.” They’re seeing support of agriculture as helping a tiny minority instead of the food-eating whole of their constituents.”State and federal support of land-grant universities hasdeclined in many states,” said Gale Buchanan, dean and directorof the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “As a result, we have lost substantialcapacity to carry out our research.”Buchanan said the CAES has lost more than 400 state-fundedpositions since 1990. “Our programs are very successful,” hesaid. “But they’re often taken for granted.”With their budgets declining, presidents and key administrators from more than 200 agricultural colleges acrossthe nation have joined with industry representatives to seeknew funding sources. To work collectively, a series oflistening sessions were scheduled in Ohio, Texas, California,and most recently, Georgia.”Our funding is on a collision course,” Buchanan said. “Having the presidents of our land-grant universities working together to do something about this is like having Tiger Woods in your foursome or Herschel Walker in your backfield. It definitely gives you a leg up.”The nation’s food supply should be of concern to everyone in the United States, said Peter Magrath, president of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.NASULGC, along with the National Coalition for Food andAgricultural Research, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and UGA,sponsored the final listening session June 3 at UGA.”We’ve got a real problem in terms of the erosion of support in the area of food,” Magrath said. “We need funding to maintain in this country a safe, secure and nutritious food supply. After all, 100 percent of us need to eat.”Researchers commonly apply for grants from Federal agencies and other organizations to supplement their research efforts.Information gathered from the four national listening sessions will be used to design and develop a strategic plan for increasing federal support of food-related research, extension and education programs at state universities and land-grant colleges.The funding plan will identify appropriate sources of federal funds that aren’t considered traditional partners of food and agriculture.Partnerships will be explored with agencies such as theNational Institutes of Health, the Environmental ProtectionAgency and the departments of commerce, energy and state.”I think we’re going to have to become more creative and seek new partnerships and begin to depend more on the private sector,” said UGA President Michael Adams. “We won’t apologize for depending on the private sector for funding support. Our fates are intertwined.”last_img read more