Gleneagle employee Ita Lyne stars in a new national tourism careers programme which encourages young people to consider a future in tourism.
Ita, who featured prominently in the recent RTÉ documentary about The Gleneagle Hotel, returns to the screen on the Tourism Insight website - www.tourisminsight.ie. The Killarney native is one of just twelve people chosen to give an insight into working in the hospitality industry in a series of online videos which can be viewed through the website.
In her video, Ita describes her role as an Accommodation Supervisor at The Gleneagle Hotel. “I enjoy the fast pace and the teamwork, it’s like another family to me,” says Ita. “We all work together, we have to for the department to run smoothly and in order to meet our guests’ requirements.”
“There are huge career opportunities in hotels, there are so many different departments to choose from and every day you are learning. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, every day is different.”
The Tourism Insight website, which is part of the National Tourism Careers Programme, was formally launched by the Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan recently. It was developed by the Irish Hospitality Institute in collaboration with the Institute of Technology Tralee with the support of Fáilte Ireland and the Irish Hotels Federation. TourismInsight.ie offers a free online programme, providing videos and interactive tutorials on working in tourism. As well as providing students with information about careers it also shows the steps that can be taken to get started in the industry whether it’s through CAO, direct entry or PLC provision, where learners can take part in some great training schemes on offer that suits.
Managing Director of The Gleneagle Group Patrick O’Donoghue said, “Ita’s enthusiasm for her job is infectious and so it came as little surprise to us that she would be asked to participate in this careers initiative. She and the entire accommodation team work incredibly hard and exemplify the high standards of the Irish hospitality industry. ”