Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, a second generation hotelier with almost 20 years’ experience, has been elected the 38th President of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), succeeding Michael Lennon. The IHF is the leading representative tourism body in Ireland representing almost 1,000 hotels and guesthouses which employ over 60,000 people throughout the country.
Ms Fitzgerald Kane is a Director of the Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, a family-owned, four star hotel at Adare, Co Limerick. The 89 bedroom hotel, which currently employs 200 people, was established by her parents, Mary and Dick Fitzgerald in 1983. Mary Fitzgerald is a former President of the Irish Hotels Federation.
A graduate of the Shannon School of Hotel Management, UCG and UCD’s Smurfit Business School, Elaina has been an active member of the IHF for many years. She serves as a member of the Federation’s National Executive Council. Prior to her election, she was Vice-President of the IHF. She has also held the position of Chair of the Shannon branch of the Federation.