Tourism Ireland

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The Global Irish Festival Series will be piloted along the Wild Atlantic Way in Limerick and Donegal this October Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

A new tourism initiative encouraging Irish emigrants and their descendents to attend a festival in the county they came from in Ireland has been (...)

Children asleep on metal chairs in Tallaght Garda station on the night of August 8th after they and their mother were forced to sleep there due to lack of emergency accommodation. Photograph: PA Wire

We don’t like seeing images of children in distress. They reach into a primal part of our brain and trigger the release of oxytocin, the empathy hormo(...)

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, discusses the 6.7 per cent growth in visitors to Ireland in the first half of the year with Minister for Tourism Shane Ross and Joan O’Shaughnessy, chairwoman of Tourism Ireland in the grounds of Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Chris Bellew, Fennell Photography

Brexit continues to be the dominant concern for the Irish tourist trade and the fall in the value of sterling has made holidays here more expensive fo(...)

“In many parts of rural Ireland, drinks, hospitality and tourism businesses are the primary and sometimes only employers.” Photograph: iStock

The drinks industry is calling for a cut in excise duties on alcohol to help Ireland’s rural hospitality businesses avoid potential job losses and bus(...)

Weak pound, strong euro. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger / Reuters

Sterling has plunged against both the dollar and the euro as fears of a hard Brexit swirl round volatile currency markets. On Wednesday, the euro ros(...)

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 (...)

The Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork: Irish tourism sources more than a third of overseas visitors from Britain. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Irish tourism industry has warned that a “no-deal” Brexit could cost the sector here up to €260 million “in the immediate aftermath” of the UK’s p(...)

James O’Donnell, Asia Markets manager at Bord Bia: “China has an ever-increasing need for protein as its middle class expands, be that meat, dairy or seafood. Ireland is a net exporter in these areas, so we are ideal partners.”
Taking the Oriental route

With a middle class of more than 400,000 million people, demand for Irish goods and services in China has surged in recent years and Ireland is now on(...)

Shoppers at Kildare Village: approximately 60 per cent of tax-free sales at Kildare Village last year were made by visitors from China

Kildare Village, which is still awaiting the outcome of an appeal over its planned €50 million expansion, is looking to woo more Chinese tourists to t(...)

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