The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has announced Michael Lennon as its newly elected President for a two year term.
A fifth generation hotelier with over 25 years’ experience in the sector, Michael becomes the 37th President of the IHF, succeeding Joe Dolan. The IHF represents almost 1,000 hotels and guesthouses, which employ over 60,000 people throughout the country.
A native of Co. Carlow, Michael is a graduate of the College of Catering, Cathal Brugha Street. He began his career in Chicago before returning to Ireland, where he initially worked with the Great Southern Hotel Group before joining Brian McEniff Hotels. Together with his wife, Joanne McEniff, he owns and runs the Westport Woods Hotel, which they bought over twenty years ago.
Michael has been an active member of the Mayo branch of the Irish Hotels Federation for over twenty years and was involved in the establishment of the Destination Westport marketing group.
During his term, Michael will give priority to addressing the ongoing challenges facing the hotel and guesthouse sector, focusing on ensuring that the right business environment exists to support the sustained growth of Irish tourism. His key priorities include mitigating the risks posed to the industry from Brexit, tackling the high cost of doing business in Ireland, increased marketing and product development support for tourism, particularly in the regions, and the continued expansion of skills and training support for employees within the tourism and hospitality industry.
“There are serious challenges that need to be tackled to ensure the sustained growth of the tourism and hospitality sector. Chief among these is Brexit, which poses a particular risk to tourism in the regions. Tackling the high cost of doing business in Ireland will help to ensure that the right business environment exists to withstand the negative impact of Brexit,” said Michael.
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