The Irish grading on the US authorities’ map for travel guidance was on Tuesday downgraded from the highest ‘do not travel’ Level 4/red to Level 3/amber (as shown), advising US citizens to ‘reconsider’ travel. Source: US State Department

The US State Department has rectified an anomaly in its foreign travel advice for its citizens that had Ireland, almost alone in Europe, red-listed as(...)

A deserted Grafton Street: the rate of new infections is seemingly stuck at  about  500 cases per day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Pressure is building once again in retail and, especially, the hospitality sector for guidance from Government on when businesses may be able to reope(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan have both said foreign travel might be off the cards for most of 2021. Photograph: Getty Images

Right now, with Level 5 lockdown restrictions limiting people to travelling 5km from their front doors, the prospects of a holiday anywhere seem remot(...)

“In a normal year about 75%  of the revenue for the tourism economy actually comes from the international tourists.” Photograph: Getty Images

Domestic customers alone will not be enough to sustain Ireland’s tourism businesses, industry figures have warned, and the viability of many could be (...)

Leo Varadkar: he  said he knew businesses wanted certainty, which he could not offer, so the best thing for them to do was to plan “that this will be a three-month period”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has advised businesses that are closed at present to plan to remain closed for the first quarter of this year. The overriding o(...)

 Yamamori restaurant on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street, closed during April 2020. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As ministers prepare to announce fresh anti-virus restrictions for the hospitality sector, representatives of the industry say they will accept a long(...)

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(...)

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