Kylemore staff (from left) Eithne O’Halloran (abbey experience manager); Linda Spitzer (retail manager);  Niamh Philbin (executive assistant); Jessica Ridge (marketing manager); Tim Heanue (visitor centre manager); Conor Coyne (executive director); John Murphy (head of finance); John O’Toole (head chef); Marguerite Foyle (restaurant manager); and Anja Gohlke (head gardener). Photograph: Aoife Herriott

As spring begins to stretch into early summer, Ireland’s devastated tourism industry is daring to think of recovery. Major attractions are desperate f(...)

Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Willie Walsh, the former Aer Lingus and International Airlines Group (IAG) chief executive who is now director general of the International Air Transp(...)

A passenger at Dublin Airport this week. The Irish tourism sector, which had hoped there might be some travellers in the second half of 2021, is facing a very difficult year.Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

It would be an understatement to say it has been a bad week for the travel sector– or at least the part of it which relies on international travel. Ne(...)

Tourism was one of the key drivers of economic recovery after the last economic crash  but the ability of the sector to lead the recovery this time is in grave doubt.

Social distancing of one metre rather than two in hotels should be the norm, a member of the Government’s new Tourism Recovery Taskforce has said. E(...)

An industry representative said Minister for Tourism Shane Ross had ‘failed again’ for not getting last year’s VAT move reversed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Confusion reigned over the Government’s budget measures for tourism, with the industry critical of the failure to reinstate its special VAT rate and i(...)

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, began his career as a pilot with Aer Lingus.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Willie Walsh occasionally recounts how, when he was chief executive of Aer Lingus, he found the notes from the interview he did after applying to be a(...)

Shane Ross has become what he railed against in his days at the Sunday Independent: a minister who is determined to buy the public’s approval with their own money

A press release landed in media inboxes on Wednesday from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, which is presided over by Minister Shane Ros(...)

Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, declared that the reduced VAT rate of 9 per cent to help the tourism and hospitality industry has “done its job”.

Groups representing the tourism and hospitality industries have sharply criticised the Government for raising the sectors’ VAT rate from 9 per cent to(...)

 Tourists in Dublin. Shane Ross said  the sector was “on fire”, with overseas visitor numbers at record levels. Photograph: Alan Betson

There is clearly tension emerging between the tourism industry and State policy-makers. The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation, the lobby group for (...)

Irish Tourish Industry Confederation chief executive Eoghan O’Mara Walsh (left) and Paul Gallagher, a former chairman of the body. File photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish tourism industry has hit back at Department of Finance officials who recently criticised the sector’s special 9 per cent VAT rate as a “dead(...)

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