The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has announced the winners of its national Quality Employers Awards 2019, which acknowledge excellence in human resource management across Ireland’s hotel and guesthouse sector.
The awards were presented by Brendan Griffin T.D., Minister of State for Tourism and Sport at the Federation’s 81st Annual Conference, which took place in Killarney in early March.
Seven awards were presented to winners according to the size of the premises:
- Large: InterContinental Hotel, Dublin
- Large: Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport
- Intermediate: The Brehon Hotel, Co. Killarney
- Intermediate: The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
- Medium: Fitzgerald Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, Co. Limerick
- Medium: Cork Airport Hotel
- Small: Clew Bay Hotel, Co. Mayo
This year also saw a new award for Distinction in Human Resource Management which was open to hotels that have won Quality Employer awards in previous years. The inaugural winner was the Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf and Country Club, Co. Cavan.
Congratulating the winners, Michael Lennon, IHF President, said: “The QEP Awards are now in their fifth year, and the calibre of this year’s entrants continues to impress and demonstrates the commitment of our members to investing in their staff and to developing people through a wide range of training and education and the provision of structured career paths for employees across all areas of their business.”
Chairman of the judging panel, Dr Tony Lenehan, paid tribute to the category winning hotels on the employee development work being done in the hotel sector: “The judging committee was of the opinion that these winners demonstrated ongoing training and development opportunities for their employees through innovative quality employer initiatives. The hotel sector has made huge progress in recent years and the priority given to employee retention benefits, welfare and training development was very evident across all submissions.”