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Iberia Express teams up with Tourism Ireland to promote Dublin as an off-season destination
Tourism Ireland has teamed up with Iberia Express, to promote flights to Dublin from Madrid and to grow tourist numbers from Spain, which is a key market for the off-season. The campaign, highlighting Dublin as the perfect winter city break destination, will reach more than 7m Spaniards through advertising on Madrid’s busiest shopping street, Gran […]
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Giant’s Causeway character wins best stand feature award at WTM for Tourism Ireland
Giants Causeway award highlighted by Tourism ireland Replica giant won best stand feature at WTM Tourism Ireland won the award for best stand feature at World Travel Market in London for the giant which overhang the reception desk at the stand. The giant is to mark Giant’s Causeway’s selection as best region by Lonely Planet […]
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Ireland hopes force is with it as it aims to grab slice of €3.4bn trade at WTM
Tourism Ireland is using the force of Star Wars to get its message across as this year’s World Travel Market as it competes with 182 other countries and regions for business. Junior Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin TD joined Tourism Ireland and some 70 tourism businesses from across the island on the opening day of WTM […]
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Storm Ophelia updates for evening of Monday 16th/Tuesday 17th morning
Bus Éireann: Plans for a full resumption of services from 5am, Tuesday, October 17, following full suspension during Monday, October 16. Updates on www.buseireann.ie and on Twitter and Facebook @buseireann. Irish Rail: Some resumption of services Tuesday, depending on line inspections. Full updates on @irishrail. Dublin Airport: Almost 160 flights to and from Dublin Airport have been […]
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Ireland showcased to 3,000 US buyers at Las Vegas travel event
Irish tourism is continuing its push to promote itself in new markets as the large British market continues to decline. Thirty-five tourism enterprises from the island of Ireland showcased the country at IMEX America in Las Vegas this week. Now in its seventh year, IMEX (International Meetings and Events Exhibition) America targets decision-makers in the lucrative […]
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Tourism bodies welcome retention of 9pc VAT rate for the industry in Ireland
Irish tourism bodies have welcomed the retention of the VAT rate of 9pc for the sector. The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation said it was a “vital measure for the sector”, while Fáilte Ireland said the measure was important in restoring Ireland’s perception as a value-for-money destination. Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of ITIC, said: “Tourism is at […]
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Former Irish athlete Niall O’Callaghan gets up and running as new MD of Shannon Heritage
Former Irish international athlete Niall O’Callaghan is taking up the reins as Managing Director of Shannon Heritage this week, joining Ireland’s largest operator of visitor attractions following a successful period as Regional Manager for the Mid-West at IDA Ireland. It’ll be a challenging new role for Mr O’Callaghan, with the most recent figures for Shannon Heritage […]
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GPO centre wins Micheletti European Museum award
GPO Witness History Visitor Centre has won The Micheletti Award at the European Museum Academy Awards at a ceremony in Macedonia. The award is the European prize for innovative museums in the world of contemporary history, industry and science. The centre was pitted against the like of the German Football Museum in Dortmund, Opera del Duomo, […]
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Spike Island makes it three in a row for Ireland in European leg of World Travel Awards
3rd success in European Leg after Guiness Storehouse & Titanic Centre Dublin Convention centre and Sandymount Hotel win categories Centre opened in 2007 Smallest attraction by visitor numbers ever to win European section Spike Island visitor centre run by Cork County Council in Cóbh Harbour has been named Europe’s leading tourist attraction at the 2017 World […]
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ITIC says 7.1pc fall in English visitors is a ‘stark warning’ to the Government and reiterates call for €20m investment fund
Call for €20m investment fund Wants urgent measures in the Budget autumn campaign is in full swing to promote late season holidays and boost travel The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation says latest tourism figures showing a second month of falling tourist numbers on the back of a slump in the British market are a massive cause for […]
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Fáilte Ireland Brexit briefings at Croke Park says 300,000 fewer will visit
300,000 fewer English trips here 1,900 tourism jobs lost Impact softened by rise from other markets  €1m package of interventions  Fáilte Ireland has launched the first of a series of regional industry briefings on Brexit as it met with Dublin tourism businesses in Croke Park. It gave city tourism industry members details about its ‘Get […]
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Rhode Island visits Cork Airport on back of new Norwegian service
Travel, trade and tourism representatives from Rhode Island have visited Cork to reinforce the links between the two areas following a similar trip made by Irish officials to the US state during the summer. The Rhode Island group, led by Mark Brodeur, Director of Tourism, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, flew into Cork with Norwegian on its […]
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‘Too big a market to throw in the towel’ says Fáilte Ireland as it launches Brexit fightback
Fáilte Ireland is fighting back as Brexit uncertainty and a struggling sterling hammer the country’s tourism sector. It has launched ‘Get Brexit Ready’, a range of industry supports to help businesses at risk or already struggling. The programme allows individual businesses to self-assess their exposures and risks and provides a range of interventions. The programme will […]
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American tourists outspend the British in Ireland during first half of year
The continuing decline in British visitors to Ireland has been revealed again in the latest CSO tourism figures for the first half of 2017. Overall overseas visitor revenue rose 7pc from January to June, driven by a 3.4pc increase in overseas visitors. The North American market – boosted by better connectivity across the Atlantic – […]
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Irish tourism is down €100m this year and needs a multi-million shot in the arm, says ITIC
The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation has called on the Government to take the sector seriously in the upcoming budget, and future-proof it against the backdrop of Brexit and dwindling numbers of inbound visitors from our biggest market, Britain. Speaking at the launch of ITIC’s 2018 Pre Budget Submission in Dublin, CEO Eoghan O’Mara Walsh called for a […]
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Singer Aled Jones, Tourism Ireland’s recording star for autumn campaign
Walking in the Air singer Aled Jones has joined forces with Tourism Ireland to launch the all-island body’s  launched its autumn promotional campaign. The campaign aims to boost late-season travel to Ireland from around the world, with the September to December period yielding as much as 30pc of Ireland’s annual overseas tourism business. The Welsh […]
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Tourism Ireland has high hopes for more visitors as Kodaline promote Dublin
Irish indie group Kodaline are the new face of tourism in Dublin after Tourism Ireland teamed up with Vevo, a popular music video and entertainment platform, to create a new video guide to Dublin starring the band. The video is part of a promotion to showcase the capital to British holidaymakers this autumn. The campaign […]
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Ireland to suffer €100m Brexit blow this year, tourist body warns as visitor figures fall
January to July 2017: Overall tourist numbers up 3.1pc Britain down 6.2pc North America rises 17.4pc Australia and Developing Markets up 17.5pc Mainland Europe grew by 4.3pc The Government needs to support tourism in the upcoming budget amid new office figures showing a major dramatic drop in visitors from Britain so far this year, a […]
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Leo joins Tourism Ireland in Toronto to boost inbound Canadian numbers
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has supported the promotional efforts of Tourism Ireland on his visit to Canada, meeting Canadian tour operators and airlines. Canada is one of Ireland’s top ten tourism markets and 2016 was the best year ever for Irish tourism from Canada, welcoming 203,000 Canadian visitors, up 11pc on 2015. In fact, visitor numbers […]
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Push to boost Ancient East tourism figures from high-end British market
With falling visitor numbers from Britain a concern, Tourism Ireland has teamed up with Stena Line and Rosslare Europort to promote Ireland’s Ancient East, particularly Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny. The joint campaign – supported by Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny County Councils – is under way, highlighting ease of access via the Stena Line ferry service from Fishguard […]

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