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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 […]
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 […]‘best_self-drive_holiday_destination’_award_in_china.jpg
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Irish hotel sales top quarter of a billion euro in 2017 amid ‘positive’ tourism outlook
Over a quarter of a billion euro was spent on buying Irish hotels last year, thanks to a number of major deals in the final quarter of 2017. The €260m total compares to the record set in 2016 – €720m. Last year’s total saw €171.2m worth of deals done in the final three months, according […]
Irish tourism launches tweet to get a job career campaign
It’s a job interview with a difference – with one Irish tourism body looking to hire an executive through their tweets or instagram posts. Kildare Tourism is looking for a Chief Experience Officer – a digital brand ambassador to promote  the county’s visitor attractions online. Into Kildare, the online site for tourists looking to travel […]
Slieve League is best attraction at CIE Tours awards
National Heritage Award for Brú na Bóinne. Dromoland, Cabra Castle and Kee’s win hotel awards Dromoland Castle won the best five star hotel category and Slieve League Cliffs the best attraction as CIE Tours International recognised 84 Irish hotels and attractions voted from 30,000 customer surveys. The awards were presented at its 28th Awards for Excellence […]
Tourism trail launched to coincide with feast day of Saint Brigid
A new tourist trail dedicated to Ireland’s female patron saint, St Brigid, has been launched on St Brigid’s Day, February 1, by the County Kildare Tourism Board. The trail takes in some of Kildare Town’s best-known landmarks from north to south, and was  launched in conjunction with Ireland’s Ancient East to connect with the larger Sacred […]áilte-Ireland-Marketing-Director.jpg
Diageo’s former Head of Lagers named new Marketing Director at Fáilte Ireland
Fáilte Ireland has appointed marketing veteran Niall Tracey to its senior management team as Director of Marketing. Tracey worked with Jefferson Smurfit before moving to Chicago to work at the DDB Needham advertising agency. Returning to Ireland, he worked at Bell Advertising and later Diageo, where he was Head of Lagers. He also founded the […]
Exclusive: Boost for Irish tourism and airlines as Ireland brings in visa-free travel for UAE citizens
Tourism Ireland is to actively target the Emirati market this year after Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan announced the lifting of the visa requirement for citizens of the UAE travelling to Ireland. The move, which comes into effect on January 31, brings Ireland into line with Britain, which has attracted substantial inbound tourism from the region. It’s also […]
Kildare aims to boost visitor numbers by 30pc through Ireland’s Ancient East
Kildare is aiming to ramp up visitor numbers to the county on the back of the Ireland’s Ancient East promotion. The county has just installed three new orientation signs for the Ancient East trail, situated at Newbridge Silverware, Burtown House and Maynooth University. The guides for tourists join those at The National Stud and Japanese Gardens, […]
Cathay Pacific leaders discuss direct Dublin service with Irish delegation
Tourism Ireland and DAA have met senior Cathay Pacific personnel, including Chairman John Slosar and CEO Rupert Hogg, in Hong Kong to discuss the impending direct service to Dublin. The route, which starts in June, is the first ever direct scheduled service from the Asia-Pacific region to Ireland. Tourism Ireland said it will work closely with Cathay […]
Countdown on for Holiday World Show 2018
More than 1,000 travel professionals from over 55 countries will be attending this year’s Holiday World Show at the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, from the Friday, January 26 to Sunday the 28th. Here’s a rundown of this year’s highlights: Adventure Holidays: The show features African safaris, South Pacific snorkelling and trekking. Travel experts include Explore Worldwide, Bike’N […]
1,711,281: Record visitor numbers for Guinness Storehouse
1,711,281 visitors in 2017 Now five Irish attractions have topped one million mark Guinness Storehouse set a new record for visitor numbers in 2017 with 1,711,281. It is one of five visitor attractions to record more than 1m visitors in 2017, and is followed by Cliffs of Moher (1.54m), Dublin zoo (1.23m), the National Aquatic Centre […]
ITIC forecasts 5pc growth for Irish tourism in 2018, 3pc MORE than Tourism Ireland forecast
Forecast is 3pc higher than Tourism Ireland ITIC says British market will recover The Irish Travel Industry Confederation forecast growth of 5pc in 2018, considerably higher than the 2pc forecast from Tourism Ireland ITIC chief executive Eoghan O’Mara Walsh said further investment is required to maintain the momentum of outer growth. Eoghan O’Mara Walsh explained the […]
Galaxy of Star Wars heroes pay tribute to Ireland in behind-the-scenes movie
Top heroes in the latest Star Wars epic, The Last Jedi, say Ireland was a dream destination for the making of the movie. Skellig Michael, off the coast of Co Kerry, features as the home of Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) in the latest instalment of the sci-fi adventure. Capitalising on the franchise’s success, Tourism […]

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