Irish Hotels Federation president  Michael Lennon and  chief executive Tim Fenn at the federation’s annual conference in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

There has already been a sharp drop in bookings for hotels and guesthouses outside of Dublin even in advance of the UK’s departure from the EU, the Ir(...)

Great Britain is one of the most important markets for tourism to the island of Ireland. Photograph: iStock/file photo

Regardless of a hard or soft Brexit, bookings for regional and rural hotels and guesthouses are already in decline, with calls for the Government to f(...)

The former Beamish & Crawford site in Cork.

A number of Cork business groups have come together to urge both the Government and Cork City Council to clarify what exactly is happening in relation(...)

A hotels federation survey in Cork city and county reveals average occupancy rate of 74% , leading to fears that additional rooms could oversaturate the market if the Events Centre does not start soon. File photograph: Getty Images

Cork needs a definite delivery date for the planned €80 million events centre if the city’s hotel sector is to capitalize on the 1,500 hotel rooms sch(...)

Jarvey Ted Kissane makes the trip along the Black Valley to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, where visitors will have lunch and depart in boats for Ross Castle, Killarney, Co Kerry. File photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

For decades, the international image of Killarney has been one of jarveys carrying American visitors out from the town to local beauty spots. However,(...)

Tim Fenn of the Irish Hotels Federation believes the Irish accommodation sector is ‘absolutely good value for money’ and the evidence ‘is to be found in the solid growth we have seen over several years’ Photograph: iStock

Perception counts for a lot in tourism circles and a notion that a destination is good value for money, or at least not bad value, goes a long way tow(...)

Metal fabricators manufacture and install metallic systems including tanks and boilers, piping systems, pressure vessels and more. Photograph: iStock

The needs of business and industry decide what apprenticeships are on offer. Maria Walshe of further education and training agency Solas says some sec(...)

The 9% VAT rate was the “right rate for the sector”, according to the Irish Hotels Federation

A mooted Government move to single out hotels for an increase in the special lower VAT rate would be “absolutely incredible” and would undermine the s(...)

Image of Hard Rock Hotel planned for Lord Edward Street in Dublin’s city centre.

Who wouldn’t want to be a hotelier right now? There may be concerns over the impact of Brexit and the corresponding decline in UK visitors, but outsid(...)

Zoran Varmuza, Duty Manager of Academy Plaza Hotel with a sign asking guests to conserve water. Photograph: Tom Honan

Overseas visitors to Ireland are more put out by the lack of air conditioning in hotels than the gentle requests for them to use less water during the(...)

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