West Cork launches Rebel Way to highlight region's historic highlights

A new history trail, The Cork Rebel Way, which highlights locations of immense historical significance in West Cork from the 1916 rebellion through to the Civil War has been launched.

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Fáilte Ireland secures international conferences worth €67m

Fáilte Ireland has confirmed today that 162 international conferences worth €67 million have been secured for Ireland so far this year.

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Fáilte Ireland promotes conference facilities outside Dublin in business tourism initiative

Conference facilities in regions outside of Dublin will be promoted by Fáilte Ireland as it aims to attract business tourism worth €58m.

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€5m investment to boost tourism at Donegal beauty spot

The €5m funding at Sliabh Liag includes a visitor centre, road improvements and 2.5km of mountain paths.

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It’s terrible how complacent we can become about Irish tourist attractions

If I handed you a list of the top 10 things to do in Ireland before you die, how many do you reckon you could tick off?

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My job: Family values at heart of tourism business

BALLYGARRY House Hotel proprietor and general manager, Padraig McGillicuddy, has the tourism business running deep in his veins.

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Tourism Ireland double investment in China

It is in a bid to increase the number of Chinese tourists to this country to 200,000 by 2025.

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Seven Heads Peninsula Tourism to maintain pressure to secure Wild Atlantic Way route

A variety of local and succulent seafood is on the menu for the second annual Courtmacsherry Seafeast in West Cork on Sunday afternoon.

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DUP MP suggests ‘aggressive’ tourism strategy needed to target Dublin visitors

Ian Paisley Jnr made the comment at a parliament committee after suggesting that Dublin was unfairly marketing in Northern Ireland.

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Proposals to upgrade Dursey cable car in €7m project

Cork County Council is set to seek planning permission in the next few weeks for an iconic €7m project aimed at transforming the country’s most south-westerly island into a tourist mecca.

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Fáilte Ireland launches new initiative celebrating Ireland's food and drink

Fáilte Ireland is launching a new initiative 'Taste the Island' to celebrate the country's renowned food and drink.

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Tourist numbers boosted by North American visits

An extra 37,500 visitors from North America helped bolster a 5.5% increase in tourism in the first three months, while British visitors bucked the recent trend by increasing their numbers.

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Tourism looks to take a swing at the Tiger Woods bounce

In the days following Tiger Woods’s remarkable comeback win at The Masters, the worldwide golf industry welcomed the victory with the hope it will push the needle of interest in the sport to greater heights.

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Growing number of Irish opting for staycations but Spain tops the list - survey

Spain remains the most popular summer holiday destination for Irish holiday-goers according to a recent AA Travel Insurance survey.

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Councils plan €156m worth of projects to Brexit-proof Irish tourism

City and county councils all over Ireland plan to develop 256 new tourism projects worth €156 million in a bid to Brexit-proof Irish tourism.

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Cork business tourism aims to boost growth by 8%

Cork business tourism chiefs are targeting agriculture, food, space, neonatal, and maritime-themed conferences as they look to grow the industry by 8% to €14m this year.

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Planned 117-room Dublin hotel gets green-light

Dublin City Council has approved a €35m development project which will include a new 117-bedroomed hotel for Dublin’s Dawson St.

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Tourism boost of €15m for towns across the country

The investment will be made through the local authorities, according to Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin who made the announcement today.

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Despite Brexit and rising insurance costs, majority of Dublin pubs expecting growth in 2019

LVA Chief Executive Donal O'Keeffe says their survey shows the outlook for Dublin is positive.

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Irish tourism looks to new attractions to lure visitors

On the week that traditionally marks the beginning of the Irish tourist season proper, 2019 is already shaping up as a challenging year for this most important of industries.

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'A serious risk to rural Ireland' - Government accused of having two-tier tourism industry

The Irish Hotels Federation, which is holding its annual conference in Kerry, says not every region of the country has had the same success.

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Clampdown on rural housing in new development plan

A proposed development plan for parts of rural Kerry, focusing on tourism and on a peninsula area’s historical wealth, is firmly against rural housing.

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Tayto Park gets green light for 'iconic' €14m roller-coaster

Ireland’s largest theme park, Tayto Park, has secured planning permission for an “iconic” €14m roller-coaster ride.

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Fáilte Ireland secure business conferences and events worth €28m to Irish economy

Fáilte Ireland has announced that January has been a record month for attracting international business conferences and events to Ireland and 57 conferences worth at least €28 million to the economy have been secured for future years.

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Watch: Tourism Ireland highlights top experiences in Ancient East

Tourism Ireland has released a new video to highlight the best of what Ireland's Ancient East has to offer.

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Overseas visitors to Ireland reached record high in 2018

The number of overseas visitors to Ireland reached a record 10.6 million last year, an increase of 6.9% over 2017.

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Fáilte Ireland announces funding of €3m for festivals and events

Fáilte Ireland have announced funding of nearly €3m with an increased focus on developing new festivals and 'St Patrick's Week in Ireland'.

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Plans to bring 900,000 visitors annually to Co Cork stately home

The Office of Public Works (OPW) and a community group have ambitious plans to bring more tourists to a stately home in Co Cork, with the hope of attracting up to 900,000 people annually to it within the next seven years.

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Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past

I recently visited the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia – one of the best art museums in the world, writes Giuliana Mazzoni.

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More than 1m visitors to Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo's annual visitor numbers have exceeded 1m for the eighth year in a row.

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Ring of Kerry among 78 out door recreation projects to share €11m investment

Mallow Castle, the Ring of Kerry and Lough Gur are among 78 outdoor recreation projects which are to share an €11 million investment in greenways, blueways and walking trails around the country.

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Blarney tourist shop to be extended

Plans have been approved to extend the tourist shop at the entrance to Blarney Castle in Cork, despite an objection over concern for the safety of visitors.

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Guinness Storehouse on target to welcome 20 millionth visitor in 2019

The Guinness Storehouse retains its position as Ireland’s number one international visitor attraction by surpassing all previous records, with over 1.7 million guests passing through its doors in 2018.

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VAT hike comes 'at the worst possible time with Brexit looming', says tourism chief

Rising revenue and a record number of overseas visitors made 2018 a highly successful year for Irish tourism, but industry chiefs are warning of upcoming threats to the sector in the form of Brexit and an impending VAT hike.

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Impact of Star Wars on Irish tourism ‘monumental’

Fans of the franchise have been flocking to filming locations in Co Kerry.

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Brexit and VAT rate the biggest challenges for tourism sector in 2019

The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation predict the sector can increase by between 5% and 7% in 2019.

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Tourism Ireland launch initiative to increase visitors from 'vital' US market

Chief Executive, Niall Gibbons, says the American market is vital to Irish tourism:

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Boost for Irish tourism from European visitors

German and Italian visitors have bolstered the burgeoning North American tourist market as almost 10 million people -- just under 7% growth -- came to Ireland since January.

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Overseas tourists to Ireland up 7% however 'Brexit remains a concern'

Information from the Central Statistics Office has revealed that the number of tourists visiting Ireland from overseas has risen by almost 7% in the year to date.

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Record year for Tourism Ireland with 11.2m visitors in 2018

2018 has been the best year ever for Irish tourism, according to Tourism Ireland's end-of-year figures.

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Kerry’s rebranded Reeks District looks to draw the tourists

Traditionally aligned with Killarney or the larger county as a tourist attraction, Kerry’s newly rebranded Reeks District has reported making further strides since its launch earlier this year.

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Ireland wins major travel award for fifth consecutive year

Ireland has been named the "best destination" in Europe by a prestigious travel magazine, for the fifth year in a row.

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Boost for tourism as over 3 million trips to Ireland in last three months

The number of people travelling to Ireland from overseas increased over the months of July to September, when compared with the same period last year.

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Cork tourism revenues set to top €1bn a year

Cork is primed for a €1bn annual tourism boon in the next three years with almost 1,000 new hotel rooms adding to supply but a shortage will squeeze visitor growth in Kilkenny and Galway.

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Fáilte Ireland highlights need for more hotel beds in four cities to keep up with future demand

Fáilte Ireland has said that four cities here need to increase their stock of hotel rooms to keep up with expected growth of tourists coming to the country over the next five years.

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Tourism Ireland to run global campaign to encourage overseas visitors

The campaign, called ‘Fill your Heart with Ireland’, will launch next month in the United States, Britain, France and Germany.

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Ireland named top business destination at awards in China

Ireland has been named the top international business travel destination at an awards ceremony in China.

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Paddywagon tour company sees profits jump 6%

Independent bus tour firm, Paddywagon last year enjoyed another bumper year as pre-tax profits increased by 6% to €1.2m.

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Tourism should not just be for the summer

Ireland needs to create the attractions, events and value offering that will entice tourists to come here all year long — and to venture outside the big cities, writes Paul Kelly.

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Dublin needs more hotels, says Fáilte Ireland CEO

Dublin will have a shortage of over 1,000 hotel rooms in 2020, despite plans to open 5,000 more bedrooms.

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Tourism Ireland takes over part of New York's Penn Station in new promotion

Tourism Ireland has taken over a corner of one of the busiest passenger transport hubs in the western hemisphere.

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Ireland vies for tourism market post Brexit

Ireland’s tourism drive for 2019 kicks off today at the world’s largest travel fair.

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‘World class’ Hook Lighthouse wins top award

The 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse in Co Wexford has been presented with a “highly commended” prize at the prestigious World Tourism Awards in London.

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Medieval Cork school has tourism potential

A peninsula community is investigating the tourism potential of a medieval school in West Cork where local folklore suggests a king of Spain had sent his sons to be educated.

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Offsetting tourism costs: Local levy for bed nights

The country’s city and county council leaders should tune in to the debate

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Lonely Planet name Tayto Park and Dublin distillery among world's best experiences

Dublin's Roe and Co Distillery and Tayto Park's new driving school in County Meath have been named among the world's best new experiences for the coming year in Lonely Planet.

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Irish hoteliers slam proposed tourism vat rate hike

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has expressed deep concern at reports that the tourism VAT rate is to be increased as part of Budget 2019.

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German extreme adventurer tackles the Wild Atlantic Way

A German film crew spent last week in Ireland on a photo and film shoot with Felix Wiemers, one of Germany’s extreme sports personalities and influencers.

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Fáilte Ireland's Tourism Barometer shows rise in business, but also worries about Brexit

Fáilte Ireland's latest Tourism Barometer shows that more than half of the sector is reporting a rise in their business.

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Half a million more tourists visited Ireland this year compared to 2017

Over half a million extra tourists have visited Ireland so far this year compared to 2017 as the tourism sector continues to go from strength to strength.

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