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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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Tourism Ireland pitches Ireland with friendly clash of Canadian rugby players and camogie girls
Canadian players taking part in the Women’s Rugby World Cup met their match on the pitch against a tricky and skilled team – a Dublin under-11 camogie team. The World Cup, being held in Dublin and Belfast, kicked off this week, with 12 national teams participating. The event is set to generate an estimated 15,000 bednight […]
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Ross shoots down DAA funding call, denies Michael O’Leary’s gloomy Brexit view
Tourism Minister Shane Ross has insisted that despite concerns over queues at Dublin Airport, there’ll be no extra funding for the DAA. Irish Travel Agents Association President Cormac Meehan was among those urging the Government to look at the issue. “The ITAA has called for a meeting with the Department of Justice and Equality to […]
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Dublin hotel beds squeeze to ease – but not till 2019, says Fáilte Ireland
With too many visitors chasing too few hotel rooms, Fáilte Ireland has published its Analysis of Visitor Accommodation in Dublin 2015-20 report on the crisis. The report, carried out by Fitzpatrick Associates, indicates that 5,382 rooms are due to come on stream between now and 2020 with supply side pressures due to significantly ease by […]
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Ireland aiming to tee up tourist numbers as US media join golf drive
Irish tourist bosses are aiming to tap into the success of Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry by showcasing the country as a golfing destination for American holidaymakers. Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland, has brought eight top US golfing media, with a combined audience of 20 million, to experience links courses in Dublin […]
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Germany & USA rescue Irish tourist numbers as English visitor numbers decline
CSO figures indicate Ireland’s visitor numbers grew 4.2pc in January-June, double Tourism Ireland‘s growth guidance. Irish tourism had its best ever June, with strong growth for North America and Germany managing to counter balance a steep drop in Irelands largest inbound market, Britain. If current trends continue, 200,000 fewer visitors will come to Ireland from […]
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Paul Carty of Guinness Storehouse and Sean Boland of Hertz join Fáilte tourism authority
Guinness Storehouse Managing Director Paul Carty and Hertz Ireland boss Sean Boland have been appointed as members of Fáilte Ireland’s National Tourism Development Authority. The announcement was made by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross. The authority was set up in 2001 to promote and develop sustainable tourist facilities and services. “They are both […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]

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