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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Number of tourists visiting Ireland increased by 7.8% this year

Figures published today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that there has been a growth of 7.8% in overseas visitors to Ireland for January-August 2018.

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Collapse of tour operator 'causing serious damage to Ireland's international reputation'

Holidaymakers who had already handed over cash to the firm to pay for services like hotels and attractions could be charged again.

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Holidaymakers out of pocket after Mullingar company ceases trading

A Mullingar tourist company has shut its doors leaving holidaymakers out of pocket - and many of them still do not know.

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Hook Lighthouse shortlisted for prestigious international travel award

Hook Lighthouse in Co Wexford has been shortlisted for the prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers world tourism awards for 2018.

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Low Vat rate vital to Cork and Kerry tourism

The hotel and tourism industry has repeated calls to keep the 9% Vat rate, saying regions outside Dublin will be the biggest loser, especially Cork and Kerry, and with jobs at risk.

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Millions to discover Munster as international media visit our shores

Attractions in counties Tipperary, Waterford and Cork are to be experienced by a group of overseas media who are in Ireland on a ‘Discover Munster’ press trip.

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Number of tourists coming to Ireland rises, but Brexit 'remains a concern'

There has been an almost 8% increase in the number of overseas visits to Ireland, according to the Central Statistics Office.

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Ireland ranked fourth in the world for travel experiences according to TripAdvisor

It looks like the Irish charm is still popular with tourists.

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Beara peninsula goes back to the future in tourism drive

Plans are being drawn up to install interactive touchscreen technology in old telephone boxes to aid tourism businesses on the Beara peninsula.

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American Airlines announce summer flights Dallas-Dublin

American Airlines have announced a new summer service from Dallas to Dublin beginning next summer.

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Rooms with beer on tap: BrewDog opens hotel in US

Named the DogHouse, it is located on the site of its brewery in Columbus, Ohio.

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CSO numbers show record numbers of tourists coming to Ireland

More and more tourists are flocking to Ireland.

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