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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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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Newgrange, Boyne centre and Dublin Castle to share millions in new funding for Ireland’s Ancient East
The Record Tower, Dublin Castle – €3m Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre – €2.58m Rock of Cashel – €1.78m Knowth – €1.4m Newgrange – €1m Ormond Castle, Co Tipperary – €585k King John’s Castle, Carlingford – €400k Glendalough, Co Wicklow – €349k The Phoenix Park (tourism and amenity study) – €300k Boyne Valley (Interpretation Masterplan) […]
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Cork Airport teams up with Polish photographer to promote Wild Atlantic Way
Cork Airport has teamed up with Polish photographer Karol Kacmarsky to promote the airport and Ireland’s attractions using time-lapse video. The video, commissioned by the airport, captured footage of a day in the life of the airport as well as images of Ireland’s Ancient East and Wild Atlantic Way. The video has already been seen […]
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Ireland ranked third in the world for promoting tourism
1 United Arab Emirates 2 New Zealand 3 Ireland 4 Iceland 5 Singapore 6 Rwanda 7 Malaysia 8 Hong Kong 9 Jamaica 10 Malta   Ireland has been ranked number three in the world for promoting its tourism image abroad. Only the UAE and New Zealand were ahead in the World Economic Forum’s global Travel […]
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Tourism Ireland swings into action to promote island at golf’s US Masters
Tourism Ireland  is aiming to capitalise on the popularity of golf with an ad campaign to tie in with the 81st US Masters in August. The bid to attract golfers to the Ireland features a new 30-second ad which will air to an estimated 6.5m households over the coming days on the NBC Golf Channel. A further 1.2m people […]
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CSO final figures for 2016 show tourism spend up 8.8pc
Britain up 9.3pc North America up 11.5pc Mainland Europe up 6.5pc “Other” long-haul markets up 8.7pc Tourism Ireland and minister Shane Ross commented on final figures for 2016 from the Central Statistics Office showing that spending in Ireland by overseas visitors for 2016 rose by 8.8pc compared with 2015, excluding air and sea fares. The number of trips to Ireland by holidaymakers […]
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Europcar survey measures 98pc enthusiasm for Wild Atlantic Way
23pc of car rental cleints were first time visitors Wild Atlantic Way most popular route Europcar surveyed 6,094 clients The most popular destination in Ireland for Europcar rental clients is the western coastal route, and the Wild Atlantic Way. Europcar states on their website the Wild Atlantic Way, “is the crown jewel of Irish tourism at […]
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Buswells’ Paul Gallagher wins Manor House hotel of the year award as umbrella groups report visitor numbers up 21pc
The Manor House Hotels and Irish Country Hotels brands report revenue growth of 29pc for last year and strong booking for this year at their AGM held in The Sneem Hotel and Parknasilla Resort and Spa in Kerry.   The groups reported growth of 21pc in visitor numbers across their two hotel brands. Siobhan McManamy, Director of Markets, […]
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Falls guy Coveney turns Niagara green for St Patrick’s Day
Housing Minister SImon Coveney switches on the green lights at Niagara Falls in Canada to kick off the St Patrick’s celebrations in the country. Coveney – tipped to be one of the front-runners to succeed Enda Kenny as Taoiseach – is in Canada as part of the “Promote Ireland” programme around St Patrick’s Day helping to grow tourism to Ireland. The […]
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Way to go… Irish coastal drive takes top prize at Chinese awards
The Wild Atlantic Way has beaten off competition from some of the world’s top scenic motoring areas to be named ‘Best International Self-Drive Route’, at an awards ceremony in China. The awards, held in Shanghai, were organised by HuiZuChe, a car rental portal and one of the top travel companies in China offering self-drive holidays.   The Irish […]
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Year of the French as Brittany Ferries reports a 5pc rise in passenger numbers
Numbers travelling from the continent to Ireland rose last year, with Brittany Ferries reporting a 5pc increase in the number of inbound passengers travelling on board the Pont Aven in 2016. The company begins its new season on Saturday, April 1, with weekly sailings from Cork every Saturday and return sailings departing from Roscoff every Friday November 3. […]
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Ireland should join Shenghen area if Brexit deal falls through, says Paul Gallagher of ITIC
Ireland should join the Shenghen common visa zone if the common travel area with Britain falls as a result of England’s EU referendum result, Paul Gallagher of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation says. The comment: if we need to join Shenghen, yes we should join Shenghen,” came during the launch of ITIC’s Brexit & Irish […]
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Adare Manor announces 300 new jobs in makeover for five-star hotel
Adare Manor is to  begin recruiting for 300 new positions, bringing its total workforce to more than 350 people. The five-star hotel in Co Limerick has been undergoing major refurbishment and construction works over the past 12 months, with work set to finish this winter. Adare is looking to employ managers, front office administrators, food and beverage personnel, […]

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