Former Donegal County Manager Michael McLoone has been appointed to the board of B&B Ireland, the Ballyshannon-based body promoting Irish B&Bs.
Mr McLoone says he “greatly welcomes the opportunity to promote and market the unique accommodation and family hospitality offering of the approved B&B sector to a variety of markets with growth potential.”
He added: “I have been very impressed with the evolving marketing strategy of combining classified 3, 4 and 5 star accommodation with activity holidays like walking, golfing, angling and so forth. I believe this joined-up thinking to market products and accommodation to specific target audiences is the way to go.”
Mr McLoone has over 16 years experience of serving on a range of national and regional bodies and will make a major contribution to the ongoing development and regeneration of the organisation.
B&B Ireland CEO, Helena Healy comments: “He brings a knowledge and experience that will assist the company grow further in these turbulent economic times.”
Mr. McLoone spent 44 years in the public service including 25 years with the North Western Health Board before he was appointed chief executive of Beaumont Hospital in Dublin in 1988. He then went on to take up his post as County Manager of Donegal in 1994, retiring just last year. Outside of this wealth of professional experience, Mr McLoone is chairman of Donegal Airport and Sector Chair of the Public Service Implementation Body.
He also spent 16 years as Chairperson of Donegal County Enterprise Board, has served as Chairman of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the Irish Blood Transfusion Board and the Donegal Employment Initiative Task Force and has been a board member of the Western Development Commission, the Commission on Financial Management and Control-Health Services, and the Health Service Executive.