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Ed Sheeran and Dermot O’Leary to promote tourism to Ireland this autumn
Singer Ed Sheeran and TV presenter Dermot O’Leary are to promote Ireland in a campaign for Tourism Ireland this autumn. In the video, filmed at the London Irish Centre, O’Leary, born in London to Irish parents, asks Sheeran about touring in this country. He reveals that Dingle is his favourite place, but if he had […]
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Government looking at higher VAT rate for larger hotels, says Shane Ross
Tourism Minister Shane Ross has confirmed that the preferential 9pc VAT rate for the hospitality industry is being reviewed at Government level. He believes that the 9pc rate – introduced to help the hotel industry and tourism sector in general – may have served its purposed in its present form. Speaking at Tourism Ireland‘s mid-year […]
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Department of Finance economist not convinced by 9pc VAT extra jobs claims
Economist Mojdeh Khandanian argues hotels restaurants have ‘scope to absorb higher VAT rate’ No evidence of extra jobs created by lower rate IHF strongly contest the findings Budget day is October 9 Ireland’s lower VAT rate for tourism has become a “significant dead weight” on the economy and increasing it now will not harm tourism, according to a […]
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Tourism Ireland still on target for €6bn year as visitor numbers rise 6.7pc in first half of 2018
In keeping with its targets announced in January, Tourism Ireland is aiming for a €6bn year as latest CSO figures showed that inbound visitor numbers have risen by 6.7pc from January to June. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. Our aim is to grow overseas tourism […]
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Fáilte Ireland appoints Paddy Matthews to head up its Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands brand
Paddy Matthews has been appointed Head of Fáilte Ireland’s new brand, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. The appointment comes ahead of a specially created TV ad for the Midlands region which aired for the first time on Tuesday, July 10. The TV ad features highlights of the region, including the hills of Drumshanbo as well as Glenade Lough […]
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Tourists spent €1.3bn on Irish trips this spring – and we spent over €1bn heading abroad
Tourism Ireland has welcomed the latest CSO tourism figures, showing inbound visitors are worth €110m more to the economy in the first four months of this year compared with 2017. Meanwhile, total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents overseas increased by 10pc, up from €952m in the first quarter of 2017 to €1,047m now. […]
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Doolin to Aran Islands gets second high speed cruise ferry
New Garrihy family ferry will halve the journey time of predecessor  Two high speed ferry snow operate on route The Doolin to Aran Islands route has gotten a second fast ferry on the western seaboard. Doolin2Aran‘s new vessel, Star of Doolin, sailed into Ireland for the first time following a €3m investment. It completed the […]
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Behind the scenes glimpse as Ireland’s €233m Center Parcs takes shape
It’s still a year away from opening, but work is progressing fast on Ireland’s first Center Parcs resort. Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs, gave the first reveal of the €233m construction site at Newcastle Wood in Co Longford that will open in 2019. “We are now at full steam ahead on the build to […]
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Ireland battling Britain for tourists as our inbound numbers rise 7.3pc
 Latest CSO figures reveal that Ireland’s tourism boom has continued into the first four months of the year – with the North American figures maintaining their rise. And Ryanair’s push into the German market has borne fruit for Irish tourism, with figures up almost a quarter. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s figures from the […]
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Brown Thomas eyes big-spending Chinese customers as it welcomes Hainan to Dublin
Only 70,000 Chinese a year visit Ireland – and many are attracted to the brands at Dublin department store Brown Thomas. But with a direct connection starting next month, it’s hoped that this figure will rise substantially. The upmarket store, looking to attract more business from the Asian giant, held a welcome reception was for […]
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Kerry leads the way as record number of beaches plant Blue Flags
A record 90 beaches and marinas have achieved Blue Flag status, up from 88 last year. And the county with the most is Kerry; 13 beaches and one marina. Blue Flag began in Ireland in 1988 with 19 beaches and two marinas, with 81 beaches and seven marinas in the scheme last year. Ardmore in Waterford has […]
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Irish tourism rebounding after poor weather dampened demand at start of year
Fáilte Ireland has found that the weather, not Brexit, was the biggest cloud affecting Irish tourism at the start of the year. But its latest Tourism Barometer of over 500 tourism businesses reveals that most  are confident of attracting more visitors for the remainder of the year. This is especially true in the accommodation sector, […]
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Visit Ireland, high-spending markets told at Arabian Travel show in Dubai
Tourism Ireland is promoting the island of Ireland this week at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, in a bid to grow tourist numbers from the UAE. The annual event – part of the World Travel Market family – attracts 39,000 professionals from the travel industry in 153 countries each year, and generated €1.8bn worth […]
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Irish tourism partners warn Government that it needs to take sector seriously to sustain growth
Inbound Irish tourism partners want the Government to up its game and support a new drive to boost earnings by 65pc by 2025 and bring in two million more international visitors. Launching a new strategy in Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse, the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation believes that earnings from overseas tourism can rise to €8.1bn a […]
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Shanghai surprise as Ireland wins award at travel agents awards in China
Ireland has been named the ‘best overseas self-drive touring destination’, at an awards ceremony in China. The awards were organised by travel giant Ctrip – the leading online travel agent in China, with more than 250m customers, and the second largest travel agency in the world. At the ceremony in Shanghai, Ireland was one of […]
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Lough Derg Blueway officially launched by three-county initiative by Clare, Tipperary and Galway
Ireland has a new tourism attraction – covering three counties – with the launch of the Lough Derg Blueway in Killaloe. A Blueway is a multi-activity recreational trail on or alongside lakes, canals and rivers with easy access to canoe and bike hire, maps and trail information. With easy access and many starting and finishing […]
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Europa Hotel, Slieve Donard resort , Fitzwilliam Hotel and Lough Erne Resort named in awards
Belfast’s Europa Hotel, Fitzwilliam Hotel, the Slieve Donard resort in Co Down and Lough Erne were all named among the North’s top businesses at the Top 100 Hospitality Businesses awards. The list is compiled by industry body Hospitality Ulster in conjunction with a panel of industry experts. It was revealed at a ceremony at Titanic Belfast, hosted […]
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As the world gets set to go green, Dublin sees red for Chinese new year
Tourism Ireland launched its latest Global Greening campaign – to light up world landmarks for St Patrick’s Day – this week. But Ireland is also returning the favour, and for the third year in a row, some of Dublin’s best-known buildings are lighting up in red to mark the 2018 Chinese New Year and welcome […]
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179 landmarks confirmed to go green as minister Griffin launches St Patrick’s Day global push
Watch here St Patrick’s Day Global Greening launch Watch here Minister Griffin on regional tourism Watch here Minister Griffin on the 9pc VAT rate Seattle’s Space Needle, Athletic Bilabao‘s football stadium and the Sydney Opera House will be joining the likes of the Christ the Redeemer statue and Rome’s Colosseum in this year’s Global Greening […]
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Kerry wants push for more international flights as tourism revealed to be worth €410m to Killarney
A report on what tourism is worth to Killarney is calling for support for more international flights to the west coast. The Killarney Tourism Economic Impact Review, launched by   Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin, reveals an overall economic impact of €410m generated by holidaymakers. The TEIR 1 report, compiled by strategic research consultants […]

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