The former Findlater House office block on O’Connell Street is being converted into a 198-bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel. It was bought in 2013 for €6.2m by the London-based Seraphine Hotel Group. The 1970s building was previously sold to developer Garret Kelleher in 2005 for more than €30m. Anglo Irish Bank provided funding, and the loan was subsequently transferred to Nama. Eircom occupied the block for many years. photograph: aidan crawley

It’s shaping up to be a record year for tourism, as the Central Statistics Office released visitor numbers for the first nine months showing an increa(...)

The Government has retained the 9% VAT rate for tourism – but with a warning to Dublin Hoteliers against price hiking.

The Government has retained the 9 per cent VAT rate for tourism – but with a warning to Dublin hoteliers against price hiking, which Minister for Fina(...)

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(...)

Shelbourne Hotel general manager  Stephen Hanley addresses a staff training workshop. The Irish Hotels Federation is urging the Government to maintain the special 9 per cent tourist industry VAT rate introduced in 2011 to aid recovery in the sector by allowing it to cut costs and compete with the rest of Europe.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Hotel room rates in Dublin will return to their 2007 peak of €109 a day next year on the back of growing demand and a lack of new supply, a report pu(...)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe was one of the speakers at the annual Irish Hotels Federation conference. The conference heard how the Government’s special VAT rate was crucial to lessening the rate of insolvency within the industry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There were 145 insolvent hotels in the State at the end of 2014 and the industry would have been in much worse shape were it not for the Government’s (...)

Tourists in Temple Bar. The majority of hotels and guesthouses have seen an increase in business

Some 87 per cent of hotels and guesthouses in Ireland have increased their business this year, another signal that the recovery in the hospitality sec(...)

Plenty of the green stuff ready for the weekend. Photograph: David Sleator

St Patrick’s Day usually brings with it the worst of the Irish weather but parade organisers will be quietly (...)

Pat McCann, chief executive of Dalata Hotel Group: “Hotels need to get into a position where they can generate sufficient working capital.”

Ireland’s 850 hotels have aggregate debts of €6.7 billion and about 300 of them are in financial difficulty. These are the key points of a repo(...)

The latest CSO tourism figures do not include the impact of the St Patrick's Day festival in March. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

There was not a lot of evidence to suggest a big start to The Gathering 2013 in the first two months of the year, according to statistics relea(...)