Mark elected as Restaurant Association President
Local man Mark McGowan has been appointed as the President of the Restaurant Association of Ireland.
Mark and his family own and operate Scholars Townhouse Hotel, the landmark hotel on King Street, and have been involved in the hospitality industry for decades.
Mark grew up in his family pub, McGowans of Phibsboro, which instilled in him a passion for tourism and hospitality.
He hopes to continue the work of his predecessors on issues and concerns for the Tourism and Hospitality Sector.
On the announcement of his presidency, Mark said: 'It is an honor and privilege to be elected President of this organisation. I have been on the council for over five years; I have spent a lot of time discussing and debating with my council colleagues over various issues that we have been faced with,' he said.
'I would like to express my gratitude to my Wife Andrea and my family for their unconditional support and I will do my very best to ensure there is progress within the sector.'
The association has vowed to continue it's work to upskill the workforce and alleviate the shortage of skilled staff, both front and back of house and said the association will continue to advocate for the adoption of nutritional education on the primary school syllabus.
The organisation is also continuing to push for a change to the VAT rate to ensure Ireland remains competitive on an international level in light of Brexit. Mark takes over the roll from outgoing President Liam Edwards and was officially appointed at the Restaurants Association of Ireland Conference and Presidents Dinner in Hotel Europe, Killarney.