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(...)

Temple Bar area: Irish Tourist Industry Confederation fears a  “no deal” Brexit could cost Irish tourism up to €260 million in 2019.

The tourism industry has called for an extra €50 million to be allocated annually to the State agencies Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. In its p(...)

Chinese tourists capturing the stature of Oscar Wilde on Merrion Square. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When it comes to seeking State support, the problem for the Irish tourism industry is that it is a victim of its own success. Visitor numbers are at (...)

Tourists at the Molly Malone statue in St Andrew’s Street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Finance has calculated that the special 9 per cent VAT for tourism has cost €2.6 billion since its introduction in 2011, including €(...)

Fáilte Ireland has had several major successes in recent years, such as the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tensions have arisen between the tourism industry and Fáilte Ireland, the State agency responsible for the industry’s development, over a call by an i(...)

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