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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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

Business leaders gave a generally cautious welcome to the Government’s stimulus package, which includes more than 50 measures designed to reboot econo(...)

 Clifden in Connemara.

The “shattered” tourism industry is calling for State agency Fáilte Ireland to be given €1 billion next month by the new Government to disburse to st(...)

The Waterford Greenway. Many tourism businesses are hoping that domestic Irish tourists – themselves prevented from travelling abroad – can be tempted to take holidays at home. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The tourism industry has called for a suite of support measures to be included in the next programme for government, including €1.5 billion in grant a(...)

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