Posts by gnasset

GDPR: Time to Panic?


Aimée Olley, Our Data Protection Co-Ordinator provides some timely GDPR advice. The deadline for hotels to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations is fast-approaching. By the time this article is published, it may have already landed at our doors. So, should you be panicking? Aimée Olley, Data Protection Co-Ordinator for Great National Hotels and Resorts…

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Avvio co-Founder appointed by Great National Hotels

GNH Branded Window

Avvio co-Founder appointed by Great National Hotels The Great National Hotels and Resorts Group have today (22 January 2018) announced that Brian Reeves, the co-founder of hotel technology company has been appointed to the post of Director of Digital for the Irish owned hotel chain. Brian Reeves, a serial technology entrepreneur is also founder of GOPPAR Digital, one of…

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Artificial Intelligence – The Hotelier’s Perspective


  David Collins, COO of Great National Hotels and Resorts, Ireland and the UK’s fastest growing hotel chain, recently joined Frank Reeves, Co-Founder and CEO of hosp-tech company Avvio, at the launch of Avvio’s own AI-powered hotel booking engine Allora, at this year’s recent World Travel Market in London, to discuss the implications of artificial…

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2018: Another Challenging Year for Hoteliers

Challenging Year for Hoteliers

David Collins, columnist and Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer at Great National Hotels and Resorts Group discusses 2018 which is set to be yet another challenging year for hoteliers . BREXIT With little or no sign of even the most tentative vision of a post-BREXIT UK/EU relationship, investment decisions remain stalled, currency exchange rates volatile…

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What is currently happening in the UK under the current May government  BREXIT  reminds me of what happened 10 years ago when the Irish government – led by Bertie Ahern and laterally Brian Cowen and Co. – literally drove Ireland off a cliff into an economic and social abyss. I had hoped that I wouldn’t…

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Former Managing Director buys into Great National Hotels

Rachel Howes

The Great National Hotels and Resorts Group have today (5th October 2017) announced that Rachel Howes, the former Managing Director of Limited – encompassing Ireland, UK, France and Northern Europe markets – has taken an ownership investment in the Irish owned hotel chain. Rachel Howes was instrumental in the success of, helping to…

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Off The Bone: Raising the Bar for Hotel Restaurants

Off The Bone Gastro Pub

“One of the first things our guests notice about Off The Bone Gastro Pub is the staff” comments James Sullivan, CEO of Great National Hotels’ management division. “More specifically, there’s a palpable, genuine motivation and interest in making each and every guest feel welcome and at home in what has since proven to be one…

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Hotel Deal Sites: Use only as Prescribed

deal sites

Hoteliers have a love/hate relationship with deal sites but they’re not a new phenomenon. Bucket Shops, their predecessors from the ‘80’s for example, were essentially high street travel agents offering heavily discounted, below-cost travel product: product that operators were unable to shift at neither published nor promotional prices . So if you were travelling on…

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Great National and Best Loved form Strategic Alliance

strategic alliance

Two of the UK’s best-known hospitality brands – Great National Hotels and Best Loved Hotels – have combined in a strategic alliance to cooperate across a range of services to the benefit of their respective member hotels (11th November 2016). Both brands comprise a choice of 3, 4 and 5-star deluxe hotels and resorts throughout Ireland and the UK…

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