Economist Alan Ahearne: his report on the role of the reduced VAT rate in restoring competitiveness in Ireland’s tourism industry was published at the “Strength in Resilience” conference. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of the Irish hotel industry gathered at the Slieve Russell hotel in Cavan over the past two days for their annual conference with “Strength in(...)

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 (...)

Holidaymakers in Kilronan, Inis Mór, in 2013.  Workers are spending less time planning holidays on  their desktops and are increasingly booking breaks on smartphones,  Google says. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Workers are spending less time planning holidays on their desktop computers and are increasingly booking breaks on smartphones, according to Google. D(...)

 Minster for Business and Employment Ged Nash. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hotel operators have said that the re-introduction of wage -setting mechansims inthe sector to determine pay and conditions for staff would jeopardise(...)

Checking in at Heathrow. The Irish Hotels Federation has urged the Government to do everything in its power to ensure that Aer Lingus keeps its Heathrow landing slots in the long term.

Fianna Fáil says that a sale of Aer Lingus to International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) would be “ill advised”.The Aer Lingus board has issued a(...)

The Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin. Irish hotels and guesthouses are more optimistic going into 2015 with 90 per cent saying they have a positive outlook for the next twelve months.

Irish hotels and guesthouses are more optimistic going into 2015 with 90 per cent saying they have a positive outlook for the next twelve months. The (...)

The number of visitors between July and September increased by 7.9 per cent, with a total of 2,440,400 visiting the State during the summer period.  Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The number of overseas visitors to the Republic in the first nine months of 2014 was over 9 per cent higher than the same period last year, the Centra(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)

Tourists in Temple Bar, Dublin. The Irish Hotels Federation said the 9 per cent tourism VAT rate was ‘one of the most successful job creation initiatives in modern times’.

Retention of the special 9 per cent tourism VAT rate has been welcomed by the restaurants and hotels sectors, who described it as vital to sustaining (...)

Siptu vice-president Patricia King is expected to argue that Minister for Finance Michael Noonan should withdraw the reduction in VAT from 13.5 per cent to 9 per cent for the hospitality sector, “as the benefits have not been passed on to customers, employees or the exchequer”.

Ministers have urged employers in the hotel and restaurant sector to engage with unions as part of a reformed process for determining terms and condit(...)