Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland said ‘the warm welcome and the craic’ makes Dublin  such  a popular place with overseas visitors. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dublin has been voted the world’s second friendliest city by readers of Rough Guides, the popular travel guidebook series. This month, Rough Guides as(...)

Families enjoy the long evening light at dusk as they jump from Creevy Pier, kayak and paddle board in Donegal Bay. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Overseas visitors spent an estimated € 1.535 billion in the State in the first half of this year, according to new figures hailed as a sign of economi(...)

Niall Gibbons: “Our sales mission is a key element of our promotional programme in China, to win a greater share of the three-plus million Chinese visitors who travel to Europe each year.”

Tourism Ireland is teaming up with 18 Irish tourism companies to launch a “blitz” on three major Chinese cities – the capital, Beijing, financial hub (...)

Cheerleaders from University of Central Florida during a pep rally in Dublin’s Meeting House Square. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An American Football game may have robbed Mayo and Kerry fans of the opportunity to watch the All-Ireland semi-final replay in Croke Park today, but t(...)

Westport, Co Mayo: The west, like other parts of Ireland, is enjoying an increase in overseas visitors, many of whom have been attracted to the Wild Atlantic Way which stretches from Donegal to Cork. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:09

At this moment, several foreign journalists are exploring the path of the Wild Atlantic Way, which stretches from Donegal to Cork. They might encount(...)

File photograph of tourists lining the Dublin parade on St Patrick’s Day. Dublin has been voted the 5th friendliest city in the world.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

It seems that Ireland’s long-held reputation for being welcoming is not just staying but improving as Dublin has been voted the fifth friendliest city(...)

Cyclists Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly, at announcement in Dublin last year. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An extra 40,000 visitors are expected to watch the Giro d’Italia when it starts in Ireland in May, Tourism Ireland has said. The world’s(...)

A  Ctrip.com International Ltd membership card. Ctrip.com International Ltd is China’s biggest online ticketing agent

Travelling in China is next to impossible without Ctrip these days. It’s the country’s largest online travel agent and it offers services to m(...)

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield speaking at the Convention Centre Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s new tourism ambassador, Cdr Chris Hadfield, has seen more of his adopted country than any Irish person has. Sixteen times a day for five mon(...)

Chris Hadfield, former Commander of the International Space Station photographed in Dublin Airport last month. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Former International Space Station (ISS) commander Commander Chris Hadfield has agreed to become a tourism ambassador for Ireland. Cmdr Hadfield, who (...)