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The Galmont Hotel & Spa Hosts An Exclusive Business Breakfast With Award-winning Entrepreneurs &

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, formerly the Radisson Blu, recently held an exclusive Business Breakfast for its loyal corporate clients. As part of the event, the hotel brought together a panel of growing, indigenous companies from Galway and the West of Ireland who have scaled heights of business locally, nationally and internationally with their respective brands.

To mark the rebrand of The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Andrew Drysdale, General Manager, joined the expert panel including Harry Hughes, CEO Portwest, Siobhán Lawless, Founder and CEO of Foods of Athenry and Eva Costello, Wild Atlantic Way Team Manager at Failte Ireland to discuss the topic of business branding. TG4 and RTE Nuacht presenter Páidí Ó Lionáird acted as MC for the morning’s robust and practical debate at this exclusive business event.

The panel of indigenous entrepreneurs warmly welcomed The Galmont brand, and discussed the many possibilities for the future growth; brand development and positioning of the West of Ireland on both a national and international scale, as well as sharing the journey behind their respective businesses.

The new Galmont brand identity is inspired by the rich arts, cultural heritage, traditions and vibrancy of Galway. The name of the hotel itself is directly inspired by its unique location overlooking Lough Atalia in Galway city centre as well as the sheer scale of the property, as one of the largest hotels in Galway city on the Wild Atlantic Way and along the West coast of Ireland.

Harry Hughes the CEO of Portwest and the Ernest and Young entrepreneur of the year discussed the growth and development of Portwest, which now employs 2,100 people worldwide and exports to 110 countries. The founder of Galway based company The Foods of Athenry Siobhan Lawless discussed the origins and expansion of her award-winning brand, who has been at the forefront of gluten-free products in Ireland for the last decade and currently supply to The Galmont. Also on the panel was Eva Costello, who gave an insight into the vision behind the Wild Atlantic Way, a hugely successful initiative developed by Failte Ireland, which has increased tourism and boosted the economy of the western coastal counties. In alignment with the core objectives of the expert panel, Andrew Drysdale, General Manager outlined the inspiration behind the re-branding of the former Radisson Blu Hotel to The Galmont Hotel & Spa, and their vision for the future, both nationally and internationally.

The Galmont Hotel & Spa joins the portfolio of the prestigious MHL Hotel Collection which is owned by Galway business man John Lally, his U.S business partner John Malone and Irish business partner Paul Higgins. The group currently operates a total of 12 hotel properties across Dublin, Limerick and Galway, two of which are the 5* Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Golf Course and the Harbour Hotel. Other properties within the collection include the 5* Westin Dublin; 5* InterContinental Dublin and The 4*Limerick Strand Hotel.

The current tagline the ‘Same Great Hotel, Same Warm Welcome’ warmly invites all new and existing corporate clients to enjoy the state-of-the-art corporate facilities alongside the same experienced and committed team whether it is for a conference, charity ball, social event, meeting or gala dinner.

The Galmont Hotel & Spa continues to boast the Inis Mór Suite - the largest event space in the West Of Ireland, which is home to some of the city's most successful events each year including the upcoming Croí Ball and The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards. The Galmont also retains the elegant Veranda Lounge, the award-winning Spirit One Spa & Leisure Centre, the newly renovated Coopers Bar and Lounge, as well as six boardrooms equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi and all the technical equipment necessary for a successful business meeting. Commenting on the rebrand, Andrew Drysdale, General Manager said “The rebrand marks yet another exciting milestone for this well-known hotel. Working in collaboration with the wider MHL Hotel Collection team we have developed a new brand identity that we feel will define the hotel into the future while also cementing the unique role that the property enjoys in Galway’s vibrant leisure and tourism sector”. As Galway has been chosen to host many new events this year including the European Region of Gastronomy, it is a momentous time for the city. It is a great opportunity for The Galmont Hotel & Spa to showcase their offering to guests coming from far and wide, including their award winning gastronomy and large function rooms. With a season of excellent festivals planned for 2018, there are many special times ahead including the 2020 European Capital of Culture placing Galway at the heart of Europe. For further information on great value spring offers visit thegalmont.com


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