2018 has been a bumper year for tourism in Ireland - but there are warnings that challenges lie ahead.
Ireland earned an estimated €6.9 billion from overseas tourism this year, with 25,000 new tourism jobs created.
The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation predict the sector can increase by between 5% and 7% in 2019.
But their CEO Eoghan O'Mara Walsh insists there will be difficulties in the coming 12 months:
"2019 will be more challenging - we have Brexit coming down the tracks - and that's going to be difficult and challenging for the sector.
"We also have the VAT hike - the tourism VAT rate went from 9% to 13.5% - that kicks in on January 1.
"Generally, the competitiveness of the sector is a something of concern going forward," he added.