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Ireland looks out of this world in trailer for the new Star Wars movie due out this year
Forget about Luke Skywalker and C-3P0, the biggest star of the new Star Wars movie is the dramatic Kerry landscape. The new, behind-the-scenes teaser video for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has just been released – featuring footage of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. The first to view the trailer were attending Disney’s latest D3 […]
West aiming for 50,000 more bed nights as Fáilte Ireland pedals Wild Atlantic Way as cycling route
Fáilte Ireland believes that it can generate 50,000 more bed nights and €13m in tourist revenue by promoting the Wild Atlantic Way as a route for international and Irish cycling enthusiasts. The state agency has teamed up with cycling specialists Ride Wild to launch the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif – a series of bi-annual cycling […]
Guinness Storehouse to double capacity of Gravity Bar
€16m expansion plan Capacity to grow from 250 to 550 Gravity Bar will remain open during development The Gravity bar at Guinness Storehouse is to be doubled in capacity from 250 at present to 550 under a €16m expansion plan to develop a new 360 degree space, linked to the original Gravity Bar The Gravity […]
Don’t be fooled by the name – Justin Trudeau discovers he’s really Irish at EPIC Museum
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got the first shock of the week as he visited Ireland en route to the G20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg. EPIC’s experts at The Irish Family History Centre, led by genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons, traced Trudeau’s family back ten generations in 17th century Ireland. Trudeau discovered his secret past […]
Tourism Ireland lines out to push island at Women’s Rugby World Cup
Ireland hosting this summer’s Women’s Rugby World Cup could provide a future windfall for the island’s tourism, Tourism Ireland believes. Pool stages kick off on August 9 in UCD in Dublin and the finals will be played in Belfast (Queen’s and Kingspan Stadium) on August 22-26. The all-island tourism body will be holding promotions in […]
Ireland reigns on the Riveria with prizes for Game of Thrones
Tourism Ireland is celebrating this week after its Game of Thrones campaign won two awards – a gold and a silver – at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on the French Riviera. The Cannes Lions awards are seen as the Oscars of the advertising and marketing world, and Tourism Ireland was awarded a Gold […]
Ireland breaks 1m barrier for American holidaymakers – but we’re still heavily reliant on Britain
Britain remains our biggest source market for overseas tourists, representing 41pc of all such visits. The next biggest source market is Mainland Europe, which accounts for 36pc of international volume. Some 17pc of overseas tourists come from North America. The balance, 6pc, comes from other long haul markets. For holidays, Mainland Europe generates 39pc of our […]
Irish tourism takes a Pounding as Sterling and Brexit drag down visitor numbers
Overall visitor numbers: Australia – up 16pc North America – up 13pc Britain – down 7pc A dramatic dip in the number of British visitors to Ireland has dragged down the overall number for the first three months of the year, despite strong showings from long haul markets. The figures, reflecting less spending power for […]
Taoiseach makes final push for Irish tourism as one in 10 Americans visit Ireland
In one of his last away visits as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny supported Tourism Ireland on its latest mission to Chicago, meeting leading tour operators, airlines and meetings and incentive travel planners in the city who actively sell Ireland for both leisure and business travel. Outbound travel from the US to the island of Ireland has grown […]
Attractions outside Dublin show biggest rises as Guinness Storehouse remains top for visitors
Top fee-paying attractions: Guinness Storehouse – 1,647,408 (+10pc) Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience – 1,427,166 (+14pc) Dublin Zoo – 1,143,908 (+3pc) National Aquatic Centre – 1,037,992 (+4.5pc) Book of Kells – 890,781 (+6pc)   Top free attractions: The National Gallery of Ireland – 755,577 (+5pc) Irish Museum of Modern Art – 584,856 (+20pc) National Botanic […]
How church gave its blessing for Ian Paisley to join Mrs Brown and The Simpsons at Wax Museum
With its new home in the centre of Dublin, the National Wax Museum Plus is the one place in Ireland where you can catch Jack Charlton, Hannibal Lecter, SpongeBob SquarePants and Tina Turner under the one roof. The new home, which will be served by its own Luas stop at Westmoreland Street beside O’Connell Bridge, […]
Ireland’s Castles, distilleries and museums combine to form one voice in tourism sector
Ireland’s visitor attractions have joined forces under one umbrella organisation to give the sector a voice within the tourism sector and at local and government level. “The question is why no one thought of it before,” Guinness Storehouse Managing Director Paul Carty, Chairman of the newly-established Association of Visitor Experiences & Attractions, said at the […]
Brexit blow to Irish tourism as main market is down over 10pc in last three months
Trips by British visitors -10.7pc to 855,800 Trips from Europe +2.2pc to 741,800 North America to Ireland +25.7pc to 357,900 Other areas +16.7pc to 109,700 Brexit uncertainty and the fall in the value of sterling has hit Irish tourism, with the number of visitors from Britain down 10.7pc from February to April 2017. The total number of trips to […]
Kildare aiming to boost overseas visitors by 2020 on back on Ancient East
Kildare is aiming to capitalise on the success of Ireland’s Ancient East promotion and boost overseas visitors numbers by 25pc over the next three years. The county is also bidding to increase island of Ireland visitors by 30pc, and grow total visitor revenue by 40pc between now and 2020, supporting the creation of 1,500 direct and indirect […]
Irish golf-booking travel company scoops prize at ITB in China
Golf Voyager, the Irish booking engine that allows golfers to custom-build their own golf package in minutes,  has been announced as the winner of the ITB China Awards in Shanghai. Six pre-selected innovators from companies who launched their products in the past five years were required to demonstrate their innovative solutions before a jury containing […]
Fáilte Ireland enlists the help of Boyzone and Westlife stars to promote country in London
Boyzone’s Keith Duffy and former Westlife singer Brian McFadden were playing the role of ambassadors for their country as the Dublin Convention Bureau of Fáilte Ireland targeted new business from Britain.   The stars were part of the Irish delegation at the “Meet Dublin in London” event where over 300 British meetings and events buyers got to […]
Wild Atlantic Way continues to drive growth as Shannon celebrates 25,000 extra summer seats
Shannon Airport is anticipating a strong 2017 summer with a 16pc increase in capacity across 35 services in all during this year’s season. Operations Director Niall Maloney said: “Shannon has a really strong outbound offering but from an inbound perspective, we are expecting a really strong year again, from Europe and the US. Shannon is the […]
Dublin beats rivals to move up to 13th place in global ranking of convention cities
Table of meetings in 2016: 1 Paris 196 2 Vienna 186 3 Barcelona 181 4 Berlin 176 5 London 153 6 Singapore 151 7 Amsterdam 144  8 Madrid 144 9 Lisbon 138 10 Seoul 137 11 Prague 126 12 Bangkok 121 13 Dublin 118 14 Copenhagen 115 15 Beijing 113   Dublin has moved up […]áilte_ireland_targets_rapidly_growing_asian_golfing_market_with_tailored_tee-offs_for_top_overseas_operators.jpg
Fáilte Ireland tries to tee up Asian golf market by hosting tour operators from the East
Fáilte Ireland is teaming up with the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) and Tourism Ireland in a bid to lure Asian golfers to Ireland. A group of tour operators from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Korea are being accompanied by a representative from Golf Digest China which has a monthly circulation of 450,000. As […]
Airport and visitor attraction numbers up as Shannon Group turnover hits €67m
Shannon Group, the parent company of Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties and Shannon Heritage, has announced that turnover hit €67.2m last year, up by over 2pc New Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas said that the group would be looking to spend – particularly on Shannon Airport – to boost the region. “To realise our full potential as a […]

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Guinness Storehouse to double capacity of Gravity Bar

Guinness Storehouse to double capacity of Gravity Bar

€16m expansion plan Capacity to grow from 250 to 550 Gravity Bar will remain open during development The Gravity bar at Guinness Storehouse is to be doubled in capacity from 250 at present to 550 under a €16m expansion plan to develop a new 360 degree space, linked to...

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