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Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for The Great National Group, David Collins is an industry veteran now in his 36th year in the hospitality business having previously worked with some of Ireland and the UK’s leading brands including hotel-tech specialist, Avvio. The recipient of a numerous industry awards, David is a regular speaker at industry events and provides editorial opinion to a number of trade titles including The Caterer, the Hotel and Restaurant Times and Hotel Magazine Scotland.
Founded in 2010 at the height of the last recession, GNG is now one of Ireland and the UK’s largest privately owned hotels services companies supporting over 130 independently owned properties. In addition to rooms revenue agency Revanista.com, The Great National Group also comprises two separate hotel brands, ‘Great National Hotels and Resorts’ and ‘Classic British Hotels’. With offices in both Ireland and the UK, and with the support of Enterprise Ireland, GNG directly employs 70 staff.