Maurice Pratt, newly elected chair of The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation, will lay out the challenges ahead when he meets Minister for  Tourism Shane Ross on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Karma: it can be a hell of a thing. How’s this for an example? On Monday, Maurice Pratt, the newly elected chairman of industry lobby group the Irish(...)

Minister for Tourism Shane Ross  has so far failed to secure any extra Brexit help for his patch, unlike his cabinet colleagues in Health and Enterprise. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Inbound tourism is at record levels, with more than 9.5 million visitors to Ireland last year. Hotels are full and employment in the sector is growing(...)

Westport House:  won the Best Leisure Tourism Innovation award at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

The recently sold Westport House in Co Mayo has won the Best Leisure Tourism Innovation award at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards. The property wa(...)

Irish Tourism Industry Confederation chief executive Eoghan O’Mara Walsh and chairman Paul Gallagher. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some recent interest in Ireland as a holiday destination appears to be driven by terrorist attacks elsewhere in Europe, a representative body for the (...)

Ireland’s tourism industry generated more than €8 billion in revenue in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images

There is an urgent need for more than 50 new hotels in Dublin, according to the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation. Chief executive Eoghan O’Mara(...)

 A snow-covered Mount Errigal as seen from Gola Island, off the west coast of Co Donegal. National Geographic Traveller declared Donegal one of the coolest places “on the planet”. Photograph: Alan Betson

By any measure 2016 was a troubled year both domestically and internationally with industrial unrest, political upheaval and conflict never far from t(...)

Artist’s impression of the proposed hotel: it  is one of a number of new hotels being planned for Dublin, where there is a significant shortage of guest accommodation

Planning permission has been sought for a 155-bedroom “compact luxury” hotel on the site of the former Andrews Lane Theatre near Dame Street in centr(...)

 Supermac’s chief Pat McDonagh: “The process of developing a hotel is hard. It’s too long, too cumbersome. Certain people just try to block everything.”

Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh is among the wiliest operators in Irish business. There’s a refreshing directness about the man that would be anathema(...)

Inbound tourism from the US reached an all-time record this year, up more than 15%  to almost 1.4m   over the first nine months

Fáilte Ireland, the State tourism authority, will urge the industry to seek more business from continental Europe as the industry awaits the economic (...)

A special tax break brought in to boost the tourism industry is being utilised by the corporate caterers to multinationals such as Apple, Google and Facebook, while at the same time it is being denied to many genuine tourism businesses.

A special tax break brought in to boost the tourism industry is being utilised by the corporate caterers to multinationals such as Apple, Google and F(...)

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