Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Pascal Donohoe  launch the Government’s tourism policy at Kilkenny Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish tourism sector will be refocused to concentrate on attracting high-spending tourists to Ireland over the coming decade, according to a new (...)

Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe has welcomed Central Statistics Office figures that show that visits to Ireland increased by 600,000 in 2014 compared to 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

More than 600,000 more people came to Ireland in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. I(...)

Visitor numbers have rebounded and have now returned to pre-recession levels, according to Fáilte Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dublin will need more hotels to cope with the expected increase in visitor numbers next year, Fáilte Ireland chairman Michael Cawley has said. (...)

The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, won the “Best Tourist Attraction” at the third annual ‘InBusiness’ Editor’s Choice Awards in Dublin. Pictured is the Loop Head Lighthouse in County Clare. Photograph:  Valerie O’Sullivan

The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, won the “Best Tourist Attraction” at the third annual InBusiness Editor’s Choice A(...)

Erin (8) and Eve Kirby (7) dancing in Dublins last year to highlight the St. Patrick’s festival. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Public funding of almost €2 million has been allocated for major festivals next year, including €1 million for the St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin. Fá(...)

Between November and January, visitors to Ireland increased by 102,500 on the same period the previous year, to 1.35 million. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

There were 102,500 more visitors to Ireland from abroad in the fourth quarter of last year compared to the same period in 2012, a rise of 8.2 p(...)

Fáilte Ireland says advance bookings are already ahead of a year ago and seven out of 10 hotels are anticipating further growth.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/Irish Times

Confidence in the tourism sector is the highest it has been since the recession, according to Fáilte Ireland. Outlining its end of year report, the to(...)

Supporting tourism

The slow but steady increase in the number of foreign tourists coming to Ireland this year presents an opportune moment to review tourism policy, whic(...)

Shaun Quinn, Fáilte Ireland chief executive: Although the Gathering had been a success, he said it was an “innovative idea of its time” and it was time for new ideas.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Minister for Tourism has said he wants the 9 per cent VAT rate for tourism-related goods and services retained after the next budget. Leo Varadkar(...)

The 9 per cent rate was introduced in 2011 to help labour intensive tourism related industries such as restaurants. Photograph: Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar has been lobbying for the 9 per cent rate for tourism related goods and services to be retained in the next budget, (...)