Chinese tourists: the country’s outbound tourist numbers are up 20 per cent. Photograph: EPA/WU HONG

China’s Travel & Leisure magazine, a bilingual publication with 550,000 circulation, has named Ireland “best travel destination” in the world at a(...)

Tourism Ireland is basing its new publicity campaign around the filming of part of the new Star Wars  on Skellig Island. Photograph: Getty

It’s official - 2015 has seen a record number of people visiting the country. At an end-of-year review this morning Tourism Ireland estimated that b(...)

Titanic Belfast is one of the North’s key attractions. Photograph: Getty Images

The North is hoping to attract two million overseas visitors next year who could potentially generate £476 million (€674m) for the economy, the North’(...)

Skellig Michael, which features in the imminent “Star Wars: the Force Awakens”. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

The 1916 Easter Rising commemorations and Star Wars both loom large in the tourism marketing calendar in the months ahead. But which will draw more vi(...)

The Long Room, Trinity College: inspiration for the set of Harry Potter

Ireland’s tourism promoters do not have the advertising spend in China that countries like Australia do, but they have proven very adept at getting th(...)

 Performers at the Galway International Arts Festival. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The old cliché of the welcoming Irish has been reinforced by a new travel survey which places three of our cities in the top four for global friendlin(...)

Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

A major US tour operator has become among the first to create a romantic Irish tour for the LGBT market following the passage of the marriage equality(...)

The Cliffs of Moher, a popular tourist attraction. The Central Statistics Office released figures showing that this was the fifth consecutive year of increasing visitor numbers. File photograph: Hon Lau/Getty Images

Overseas visitors travelling to Ireland increased 12 per cent for the first five months of this year compared with the same period last year, accordin(...)

Royal County Down golf club. More than 80,000 golf fans will gathering to see some of the world’s top golfers compete. Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Matt Mackey

The Irish Open is expected to be a sell-out this week, with more than 80,000 golf fans gathering in Co Down to see some of the world’s top golfers com(...)