Tourism Ireland’s latest promotion is under way in Australia with billboard ads for Ireland in key locations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

How do you market Ireland as a tourist destination to Australians? Well, it’s not going to be the weather, is it? Tourism Ireland’s latest promotion s(...)

Amazon Theatre  in Manaus, Brazil is among the buildings that will go green on St Patrick’s Day this year.

An opera house in the heart of the Amazon rain forest and the home of the Boston Red Sox are among the buildings that will ‘go green’ this year to mar(...)

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(...)

Chris Hadfield: David Bowie was an extremely famous person and an intensely private person. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has said he was “disbelieving and sad” when he heard the news of David Bowie’s death. Cmdr Hadfield’s vers(...)

Skellig Michael, or Great Skellig, 11.6 km west of the Iveragh Peninsula in Co Kerry. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Director JJ Abrams has revealed his shock at being allowed to film scenes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on one of Ireland’s Unesco sites. The Skel(...)

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(...)

Dole queue: Irish live register (Nov) figures will be released on Tuesday.  Photograph: Frank Miller
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MONDAY Results: Aberdeen Asset Management; Naturex. Meetings: Launch of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 marketing plans (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Du(...)

View from slopes of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. Photograph: Joe Cornish/Riser/Getty.

The number of tourists visiting Ireland is set to hit record heights in 2015 with more than 7.4 million arriving in the first 10 months of the year be(...)