Paschal Donohoe confirmed in Budget 2022 that the special rate 9% rate would finish at the end of August next year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, is resisting lobbying efforts from representatives of the tourism industry to further extend until the end (...)

The restaurant industry said the planned return to a 13.5% rate on September 1st next year would contribute to demise of many businesses. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Budget 2022 package for tourism and hospitality has received a mixed reaction from different quarters of the industry. The decision to extend wage(...)

 A deserted Grafton Street in Dublin at the height of lockdown. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Some hospitality and tourism jobs are not coming back, at least, not any time soon. The Restaurants’ Association of Ireland (RAI), which represents on(...)

Continued wage supports will be vital to these businesses as good weather and staycations end, warns  RAI chief executive Adrian Cummins. Photograph: Alan Betson

Wage supports must continue into next year while hospitality businesses recover from Covid curbs, restaurant owners said in a pre-budget submission. (...)

While there has been an uptick in bookings, ‘there are some customers who are still nervous’, says travel company. Photograph: iStock

The cost of foreign holidays looks set to skyrocket next year with pent-up demand and a dramatic decline in the number of flights to and from Ireland.(...)

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary: ‘The real danger is that Ireland will be bypassed’

The tourism industry is preparing to submit a recovery plan to Government with four budget requests to help the sector recover after the pandemic. Th(...)

Earlier in the year, the tourism and hospitality industry was far less opposed to the concept of a vaccine pass. Photograph: iStock

Hospitality industry lobby groups are up in arms about their members potentially being landed with responsibility for checking customers’ vaccination (...)

US tourists spent €1.8 billion in Ireland in 2019 – ‘They stay longer, visit more regions, spend across all sectors and are very good when it comes to spending on gifts,’ says tour operator. File photograph: iStock

Ireland will have to move fast to exploit the “enormous pent-up demand” among fully vaccinated Americans or risk losing hundreds of millions of euro t(...)

Summer holidays: the Seychelles and Maldives want to welcome tourists back. Source photograph: Romolo Tavani/iStock/Getty

Did I hear that foreign holidays are on the horizon? Where’s my passport? Steady on. You’re still not allowed to leave your county, never mind your co(...)

 Prof Luke O’Neill: “We can’t live in this grey zone forever.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The planned launch in June of a European Union green certificate for international travel for people immune or free from Covid-19 is a “sensible” meas(...)

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