Charitable hotels raise €10k
A JOINT effort from the Killarney Park Hotel and the Ross Hotel saw a cheque for €10,000 being donated to the Kerry Parents and Friends Association.
An initiative that has been running for the past four years in a number of hotels in the town sees €1 per stay from every guest being donated to the association.
The €1 appears on the guests' bill so they see exactly where the money is going to, according to Niamh O'Shea, general manager at the Killarney Park Hotel.
"We also leave Kerry Parents and Friends cards in their rooms to show the guests what this charity does in the area," said Niamh.
"It is a very worthy charity right on our doorstep and it's great to lend support to them, as they do so much for the local community," she added.
The initiative runs as €1 per guest per stay, no matter how much time they spend in the hotel.
"This donation has been building u for the last 14 to 18 months and, now that it has been given over, we are sure that it will go towards the great work Kerry Parents and Friends do," said Niamh.
In what has been a great week for the Killarney Park Hotel, it was announced that they have been shortlisted under the 'Best Five Star Hotel' category in the Hotel and Catering Review Gold Medal Awards 2013.
The shortlist of nine hotels nationwide also includes the Europe Hotel in Killarney, who won the award last year, as well as Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare.
The winner is set to be announced this Monday, September 23 and, although excited, Niamh said that awards like these are not easy to come by, "We had the inspection during the summer months and it was very incognito."
"This is a huge boost but you have to remember it is the team here that win the awards. It's all about the whole experience from the moment the guest walks through the front door and I believe that our staff here guarantee a good one," she added.
With the announcement this week that the Adventure Travel World Summit 2014 will be taking place in Killarney, having currently being held in Nairobi, Kenya this October, Niamh believes this is a great time for Kerry tourism.
"I don't think people realise how big this will be for Killarney. This is a huge event and is guaranteed to make a massive difference to the town and the county as a whole," she said.