BED and breakfast owners gathered in Farmleigh, Dublin to be honoured for their achievements on Fáilte Ireland’s Skills Development Programme.
A new B&B development DVD, ‘New Vision in Action’, which will promote the redevelopment of the B&B brand, was also launched.
Catherine Byrne of the Auburn Lodge in Edenderry was awarded a certificate for her achievements in the development programme.
The programme was put together by Fáilte Ireland, to help B&B owners build on their existing skills in order to deliver the unique experience that only an Irish home B&B can offer, and which many overseas visitors are looking for.
Through the programme participants received advice, training and support in areas such as cookery, menu development and customer care in order to enhance their offering.
Minister Michael Ring TD stressed, “You cannot get closer to an authentic Irish experience than staying with a welcoming and hospitable Irish family, in their own home. Research shows that when visitors are looking to experience real Irish hospitality, B&B’s play an important part in helping our visitors discover the undiscovered.”
The DVD tells the unique story of the Irish B&B through the eyes of the operators and also features interviews with guests including Irish TV personality Catherine Fulvio. It is intended as an additional aid to B&B owners to help them up their game with an assortment of tips and guidance.
Tony Lenehan, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Industry Services said, “Visitors are looking for that something extra and we believe B&Bs are well placed at the heart of their local communities to offer that added value whether in providing the ‘insider knowledge’ on the best local walks, booking an evening meal in a local restaurant or providing a packed lunch for a day out. If the friendliness of the Irish is the calling card of our tourism industry, then the B&B sector is holding the ace.”