Earlier in the year, the tourism and hospitality industry was far less opposed to the concept of a vaccine pass. Photograph: iStock

Hospitality industry lobby groups are up in arms about their members potentially being landed with responsibility for checking customers’ vaccination (...)

US tourists spent €1.8 billion in Ireland in 2019 – ‘They stay longer, visit more regions, spend across all sectors and are very good when it comes to spending on gifts,’ says tour operator. File photograph: iStock

Ireland will have to move fast to exploit the “enormous pent-up demand” among fully vaccinated Americans or risk losing hundreds of millions of euro t(...)

Summer holidays: the Seychelles and Maldives want to welcome tourists back. Source photograph: Romolo Tavani/iStock/Getty

Did I hear that foreign holidays are on the horizon? Where’s my passport? Steady on. You’re still not allowed to leave your county, never mind your co(...)

 Prof Luke O’Neill: “We can’t live in this grey zone forever.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The planned launch in June of a European Union green certificate for international travel for people immune or free from Covid-19 is a “sensible” meas(...)

Niall Rochford, general manager of Ashford Castle in Co Mayo: ‘Give us a plan or a target so I can give my team, guests, suppliers and owners some hope.’  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For a decade, Niall Rochford has been in charge at Ashford Castle, dealing with countless tricky situations with the grace and mild-mannered diplomacy(...)

A deserted Grafton Street: the rate of new infections is seemingly stuck at  about  500 cases per day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Pressure is building once again in retail and, especially, the hospitality sector for guidance from Government on when businesses may be able to reope(...)

The EU has proposed  introducing documents that would allow EU citizens who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel freely within the 27-nation bloc by summer. File photograph: Xurxo Lobato/Getty Images

The decision by the European Commission to back the creation of a Covid-19 certificate to allow EU citizens travel to other member states without the (...)

The 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Government has been urged to replace a poorly received tourism tax break with “consumer friendly” vouchers. The Irish Tourism Industry Confederat(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan have both said foreign travel might be off the cards for most of 2021. Photograph: Getty Images

Right now, with Level 5 lockdown restrictions limiting people to travelling 5km from their front doors, the prospects of a holiday anywhere seem remot(...)

“In a normal year about 75%  of the revenue for the tourism economy actually comes from the international tourists.” Photograph: Getty Images

Domestic customers alone will not be enough to sustain Ireland’s tourism businesses, industry figures have warned, and the viability of many could be (...)

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