The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control changed Ireland’s colour status to ‘orange’ on Thursday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A reduction in coronavirus infections has lowered the State to the safer “orange” classification from “red” under the EU’s traffic-light system for in(...)

Rob Rankin, managing director of Vagabond Tours. Photograph: Rob Rankin

September is normally one of the busiest months for tour operator Vagabond, but this season was completely wiped out due to Covid-19, according to its(...)

People  eating outdoors in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

After seven months of anguish for the hospitality and tourism sector, interspersed with bouts of intense lobbying and loud criticism of official polic(...)

Businesses in the hospitality sector will be able to apply for government assistance on lost earnings over a set amount

The coalition Government has moved to shore up the beleaguered tourism and hospitality industry by cutting its VAT rate from 13.5 per cent to 9 per ce(...)

Sanitising self-check in kiosks at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has the most draconian rules in Europe for people flying in and out, but has the weakest rules when it comes to following up with those arrivi(...)

DAA chief executive Dalton  Philips says it could take three or four years for passenger numbers at Dublin Airport to recover. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

DAA’s losses so far this year are now approaching €150 million, according to its chief executive Dalton Philips. In an online interview he told the I(...)

Itic wants €500 million in  grants to help tourism operators stay in business. Pictured is Bundoran in  Co Donegal. Photograph: James Connolly

The tourism industry claims 100,000 jobs could be saved if the Government commits to a new plan to prop up the beleaguered sector, which has been effe(...)

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of the  Irish Tourism Industry Confederation: The loss of the over-70s cohort would be a ‘further blow’ to hotels and the hospitality sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Recommendations that over-70s should reconsider taking staycations and visiting hotels has been met with disappointment by the hospitality and tourism(...)

Inch Strand in Co Kerry. The staycation subsidy announced on Thursday is a well-intentioned effort to bolster the hospitality industry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Your country needs you to holiday at home, so the Government keeps telling us. The Trip Advisor cabinet is all over your holiday plans – except for Tá(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Business leaders have cautiously welcomed  stimulus package. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Government’s stimulus package does not “go far enough to prevent firms from folding”, a former secretary general of the Department of Finance, Joh(...)

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