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(...)

Almost four years ago when Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, agreed to reduce the VAT rate for tourism services, he did so on a temporary basis and at(...)

PwC said Dublin will have the highest growth rates in revenue per hotel room this year and next

Balancing the recovery story with ongoing special pleadings for support is always a tricky business, and it seems that hotels are struggling to frame (...)

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(...)

 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 (...)