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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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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]

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