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Industry Achievement accolade for Hastings Hotels boss John Toner

BY AMANDA POOLE

Hastings Hotels director John Toner has received a career achievement award for the unique contribution he has made to the Northern Ireland hospitality industry over the last 45 years.

The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa's general manager was presented with an Industry Achievement award at the recent Licensed & Catering News Awards. Mr Toner, who was general manager of the Europa Hotel until he moved to the Slieve Donard in 2005, has worked for Hastings Hotels for 37 years.

He said he delighted to receive the award and thanked his colleagues and family for their support over the years.

"I have worked in this amazing industry for 45 years, 37 of which have been with Hastings Hotels, and I have experienced many highs and lows in these years," he said.

"The most enjoyable part of my journey is seeing where we are now, where the hotel is now and where the hospitality and tourism industry is now.

"Northern Ireland has transformed over the years and I'm very proud of the part that I have had in helping do this."

Sir William Hastings, chairman of Hastings Hotels, said: "John has given a lifetime of service to the industry and in this time he has become one of its most respected figures."

James McGinn, general manager of the Europa Hotel, worked as a trainee manager with John. Mr McGinn said his pursuit of excellence and dedication marked him out as a "giant in the trade".

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