Hodson Bay Hotel Group wins prestigious Deloitte award
ONE of the few remaining hotel groups owned by an Irish family has picked up a prestigious award.
The Hodson Bay Hotel group was awarded a Deloitte special platinum award in the Convention Centre last night.
The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme recognises indigenous Irish companies which are operating at the highest levels of business performance.
Padraig Sugrue CEO of the Hodson Bay group said the group's success was down to 25 years of investment in its hotels and the training and development of staff.
"Our corporate culture is built on the three pillars of Respect for our Customers, Respect for our Staff and Respect for the local community", said Mr Sugrue.
He added "it was a great source of pride for the company to be the first Hotel Group in the country to receive this exceptional accolade".
The group's Commercial Director Garry Walsh said that he had returned to the company last year because, in his opinion, Hodson Bay Group are best positioned to exploit the fantastic growth potential in the tourism industry, particularly in the Dublin market.
Mr Walsh took up positions as director of Ancillaries Revenues with Ryanair and also as Commercial head of Digital with Independent News and Media.
Mr Walsh said that his time away from the company allowed him to lead the online commercial retail strategy across 30 countries at Ryanair and replicate his successes across INMs Digital publishing platforms.
The Hodson Bay Group currently owns over 500 bedrooms, including the Hodson Bay Hotel on the shores of Lough Ree, the Galway Bay Hotel on Galway City’s seafront, and the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, and is looking to expand into the Dublin market.
The annual Deloitte awards took place on Friday evening at the Convention Centre.
Guest speaker Frank Ryan spoke passionately of Lifelong learning and paid tribute to the employees of all winning companies on what was National Employee Recognition day.