‘Chew’ better come visit Donegal!

first_imgDonegal’s wealth of tourist destinations has been brought to the attention of the thousands of people who visited the annual Holiday World Shows in Belfast and Dublin in recent weeks.Stormtroopers, Darth Vader and a life-sized Chewbacca were all guests at the Donegal showcase to highlight the popularity of the Star Wars theme for the county.Holiday World Show Belfast, Titanic Exhibition Centre, took place 19 to 21 January 2018 & Holiday World Show Dublin, RDS Simmonscourt taking place 26 to 28 January 2018 with over 40,000 visitors attending. Holiday World Show offers visitors the opportunity to meet with over 1,000 travel experts from across Ireland and the globe, book fantastic breaks and avail of special show-only offers. Donegal Tourism staff and Donegal providers with the Minister for Tourism Shane Ross, TD and the Holiday World Show Sales Manager – Paulette Moran.This is the third year running that Donegal Tourism has joined forces with local tourism trade operators hosting the biggest Home Holiday stand at the Shows including the following regions/sectors: Discover Bundoran, Donegal Town, Inishowen, Letterkenny, Donegal East, Gateway to Sliabh Liag, Northwest & Gaeltacht, Donegal Airport, Donegal Self Catering and Camping & Caravan Parks.This year’s marketing was largely focused on the Star Wars theme promoting the film location at Malin Head which certainly peaked the interest of attendees at the event and attracted large numbers to the stand.Olivia Henderson, Katie Morrison and Caoimhe Wilkinson are given some gentle encouragement to go to Donegal.Star Wars Characters at the Donegal stand in RDS, Dublin.Official Launch of the Holiday World Show in Dublin – L-R: Cormac Meehan – President of the Irish Travel Agents Association, Shane Ross, TD – Minister for Tourism and Maureen Ledwith – the Show Organiser.Donegal got some fantastic media coverage across national papers from the official Show Opening in Dublin attended by the Minister of Tourism – Mr. Shane Ross, TD who also visited the Donegal stand.Speaking after the event, Barney Mc Laughlin – Head of Tourism Unit, Donegal County Council said ‘Donegal, once again, working collaboratively was able to promote the County in a comprehensive and professional manner in both Belfast and Dublin. All the regions of the County were represented by tourism providers from their own individual areas which resulted in good one-to-one contact with potential customers’. Donegal Tourism CLG would like to extend gratitude to all of the businesses who donated prizes. These competitions have provided an extensive database of consumer contacts.‘Chew’ better come visit Donegal! was last modified: February 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal tourismholiday world showStar Warslast_img read more

Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme offers benefits to boost employee wellbeing

first_imgBolton Young Persons Housing Scheme (BYPHS), a charity that helps homeless young people, has developed a comprehensive set of low-cost, employer-paid health and wellbeing benefits to ensure that the charity’s 52 employees are physically and mentally fit to cope with potentially harrowing and emotional caseloads.A holistic therapist visits the charity’s offices twice a year when BYPHS pays for employees to have a 45-minute massage or reflexology treatment each. The organisation saw 75% of staff make use of this benefit in November 2016.To target physical health, BYPHS introduced a health cash plan, provided by UK Healthcare in January 2017, with the charity providing a basic package for all employees where certain healthcare costs can be reimbursed up to £100. Individuals can then pay to upgrade their package if they wish.BYPHS will also fund six sessions of private counselling if required, with the employee themselves selecting an independent counsellor. Approximately 30% of staff have used this service since it was introduced.In addition, BYPHS has offered a voluntary benefits scheme, provided by Perkbox, since 2015, which has seen a 60% take-up rate since it was introduced. It also provides twice-yearly team lunches and away days, as well as free fruit.BYPHS ensures each benefit it provides costs the business £5 per employee or less, because this ensures the benefit remains non-taxable. Maura Jackson, chief executive officer at BYPHS, says: “We don’t want to do something that costs people money, that’s just defeating the object.“The idea is to have a variety of tools in [the] toolkit to make sure that people are fit to work, they’re happy at work, that they’re safe, and that they’re healthy. We’ve got a big responsibility, so we’ve got to make sure that staff are absolutely at 100%.”last_img read more