Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Co. Derry recently hosted Original Irish Hotels bi-annual meeting. Mary Fitzgerald, Chairperson of Original Irish Hotels, welcomed more than 40 hoteliers from across Ireland, along with the evenings keynote speaker, Howard Hastings of Hastings Hotels.
Keynote speaker, Howard Hastings, from Hastings Hotels, told Monday’s conference that tourism in Northern Ireland is thriving. He described it as a “key sector” in local economic growth and job creation.
Mr Hastings, whose company operates seven hotels in Northern Ireland, also highlighted “concerns” across the sector regarding the implications of Brexit.
Conor Donnelly, Operations Director at Beech Hill - which was recently acquired by The House Collection group - said the hotel was “honoured” to host one of the group’s prestigious bi-annual meetings.
“We are delighted to be a part of the Original Irish Hotels group and were honoured to host this conference at Beech Hill.
“The visitors were treated to a wonderful tour of Derry by Martin McCrossan City Tours and craft beer tasting at the Walled City Brewery before enjoying dinner at Beech Hill. Our chefs served up a memorable five-course tasting menu of local dishes containing fruit and vegetables grown in our very own walled garden.
“Frank Gallagher, fresh from supporting Jools Holland, provided fabulous music to round of the special evening.''
From Left to Right: Barry Kemp, The House Collection; Mary Fitzgerald, Original Irish Hotels Chairperson; Howard Hastings, Hastings Hotels; Sam Harding, The House Collection; Conor Donnelly, Operations Director at Beech Hill; and Adam Kemp, The House Collection
Mary Fitzgerald, Original Irish Hotels Chairperson; Howard Hastings, Hastings Hotels
Ian Blake, Squaredot; Mary Fitzgerald, Original Irish Hotels Chairperson; Howard Hastings, Hastings Hotels; Roisin Wallace, Original Irish Hotels; Paul Gallagher, Buswells Hotel
Original Irish Hoteliers on a Tour of Derry Walls