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(...)

A Gathering event in Millstreet, Co Cork in 2013.

Fáilte Ireland, the State tourism authority, is developing a proposal for a rerun of the year-long Gathering series of events that rebooted tourism in(...)

Michael Fetherston, the owner of the five-star The K Club estate in Straffan, Co Kildare, said that his hotel, which closed earlier this week along with hundreds of other hotels around the country, could be used in whatever manner the Government or the HSE believed was most appropriate at no cost to the State. File photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

One of Ireland’s most exclusive hotels, the 134-bedroomed K Club in Co Kildare has been offered to the State for free to help in the Covid-19 battle. (...)

Visitors from France enjoying a visit to Temple Bar recently. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tens of thousands of jobs in tourism are at risk across the country as the number of people from overseas booking holidays in Ireland has dried up to (...)

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