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Only 16% of Coastal Areas and Waterways Are Clean

    Only 16% of Coastal Areas and Waterways Are Clean

While the majority of Irish towns are clean, our beaches and waterways are not, according to the latest litter survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL). A study

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Brand New Campaign Showcasing Ireland’s Food and Drink Starts

    Brand New Campaign Showcasing Ireland’s Food and Drink Starts

Fáilte Ireland’s Taste the Island campaign has gone live with a brand-new TV ad encouraging domestic holidaymakers to take a short break in Ireland to enjoy some of the 700+

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New Cruise Terminal Opens in Belfast Harbour

    New Cruise Terminal Opens in Belfast Harbour

Cruise Belfast – the partnership between Belfast Harbour and Visit Belfast – has opened the first dedicated cruise terminal on the island of Ireland to cater for Belfast’s growing popularity

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Irish Hotel Sector at a Turning Point

    Irish Hotel Sector at a Turning Point

Crowe, Ireland’s leading accountancy practice and advisors to the Irish hotel sector, has launched the 24th edition of Ireland’s most comprehensive annual analysis of the Irish hotel sector. The Crowe Ireland Annual Hotel

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Completion of €233 Million Center Parcs Longford Forest Project

    Completion of €233 Million Center Parcs Longford Forest Project

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, has officially marked the completion of the landmark €233 million forest resort – Center Parcs Longford Forest. Following an almost two-year construction process Center Parcs

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Esri Ireland Partners With Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to Boost Local Tourism

    Esri Ireland Partners With Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to Boost Local Tourism

Esri Ireland, the market leader in geographic information services, has announced that Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has used its digital mapping software to boost local tourism through a

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Tourism Boost For Northern Ireland as Ballycastle Gains New Four Star Hotel

    Tourism Boost For Northern Ireland as Ballycastle Gains New Four Star Hotel

A new four star hotel, The Salthouse, is to open on the Dunamallaght Road in Ballycastle, just in time for the 148th Open Championship in July 2019. The Denis McHenry

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Fáilte Ireland Workshops to Commence on ‘Tasty’ New Initiative

    Fáilte Ireland Workshops to Commence on ‘Tasty’ New Initiative

Fáilte Ireland is inviting businesses and individuals interested in providing tourists with a food or drink experience to attend workshops in their local area and find out how they can

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Dublin Liberties Distillery Becomes 22nd Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery

    Dublin Liberties Distillery Becomes 22nd Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery

Dublin Liberties Distillery has become the 22nd operational Irish whiskey distillery on the island of Ireland. The new €10 million distillery located in Dublin’s Liberties has commenced Irish whiskey distillation and

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Fáilte Ireland Crafts a New Path to Success Across Ireland’s Ancient East

    Fáilte Ireland Crafts a New Path to Success Across Ireland’s Ancient East

Fáilte Ireland has unveiled a bespoke toolkit to equip and train craft businesses across Ireland’s Ancient East with the skills to maximise the potential of craft tourism to generate increased revenue and

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Dublin Airport Sets New Passenger Record

    Dublin Airport Sets New Passenger Record

Dublin Airport welcomed a total of 31.5 million passengers during 2018, setting a new record for the airport. Passenger numbers were up 6%, as the equivalent of more than five

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Fáilte Ireland Ramps Up Brexit Preparations With €5 Million Investment

    Fáilte Ireland Ramps Up Brexit Preparations With €5 Million Investment

Fáilte Ireland – the National Tourism Development Authority – will invest €5 million to support the tourism sector as it prepares for Brexit. The announcement marks a significant ramping up of activities to

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Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% in 2018

    Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 13% in 2018

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has published statistics which show that there were 923,000 visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries in 2018. This marks a 13.4% increase on 2017, when visitor

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Hastings Hotels Invests in its 1,000 Strong Workforce

    Hastings Hotels Invests in its 1,000 Strong Workforce

Hastings Hotels is investing almost £2 million in staff training designed to enhance the world class hospitality currently offered across the group. Speaking about the investment, MD of Hastings Hotels,

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Dublin Airport Welcomes Caffè Nero to Terminal 2

    Dublin Airport Welcomes Caffè Nero to Terminal 2

Dublin Airport’s newest food and beverage outlet, Caffè Nero has opened in the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 2. The new café offers a range of coffee, food and drinks to

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Profits and Revenue Rise For theKeyCollections

    Profits and Revenue Rise For theKeyCollections

Newly-filed accounts for the Dublin-based tourist accommodation business theKeyCollections reveal that the group’s full year profits for 2017 rose by over 33% to €1.2 million with group revenues increasing to €22.5 million,

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Fáilte Ireland Calls For Investment in Hotels Across Key Cities

    Fáilte Ireland Calls For Investment in Hotels Across Key Cities

Fáilte Ireland has highlighted major investment opportunities in hotel stock in key cities. Its latest report on the current and future availability of accommodation shows that there is significant opportunity

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FastHouse Delivers 466 Holiday Lodges at New Center Parcs

    FastHouse Delivers 466 Holiday Lodges at New Center Parcs

Leading rapid-build home manufacturer FastHouse has announced the completion of its contract to provide and erect the timber frames for 466 lodges at the highly anticipated Center Parcs in Longford

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Fáilte Ireland Unveils Range of Measures to Sustain Tourism Growth For 2019

    Fáilte Ireland Unveils Range of Measures to Sustain Tourism Growth For 2019

Creating a series of long-term tourism development plans for specific geographical locations, developing new festivals to lengthen the tourism season, and promoting careers in the tourism sector – these are

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Tourism Industry Barometer Reflects Buoyant Year But Hints at Brexit Concerns

    Tourism Industry Barometer Reflects Buoyant Year But Hints at Brexit Concerns

Tourism performance throughout 2018 continues to be on a strong footing, according to the latest Fáilte Ireland Tourism Barometer. The survey of more than 500 tourism businesses around the country

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Whitbread Secures First Premier Inn Hotel in Dublin City Centre as it Expands in Ireland

    Whitbread Secures First Premier Inn Hotel in Dublin City Centre as it Expands in Ireland

Whitbread, the owner of the Premier Inn hotel chain, has secured planning permission for a 97 -bedroom Premier Inn hotel at 41–46 South Great Georges Street, in its first site

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New Fáilte Ireland Report Indicates Improved Hotel Bed Supply But Dublin Deficit Remaining by 2020

    New Fáilte Ireland Report Indicates Improved Hotel Bed Supply But Dublin Deficit Remaining by 2020

After almost a decade of inactivity and as the cost of providing new accommodation now is more aligned with its earnings potential, a strong pipeline of new hotel  accommodation stock

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Dublin Airport Welcomes New Dallas Route

    Dublin Airport Welcomes New Dallas Route

Dublin Airport has welcomed American Airlines’ announcement that it is to operate a new Dublin-Dallas Fort Worth summer service from next June. The daily service will be Ireland’s first direct flight

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Irish Hotel Sector Occupancy Levels at All-time High

    Irish Hotel Sector Occupancy Levels at All-time High

The Crowe Ireland Hotel Survey, compiled from an analysis of Irish hotels’ 2017 accounts, shows a seventh consecutive year of

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Center Parcs Serves Up €5.2 Million in Contracts to Irish Food Companies

    Center Parcs Serves Up €5.2 Million in Contracts to Irish Food Companies

Four of Ireland’s top food companies will benefit from a significant boost to their businesses as Center Parcs announces the

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Waterford Greenway Launch Wins Top PR Award

    Waterford Greenway Launch Wins Top PR Award

Leading communications agency Springboard PR & Marketing and Waterford City & County Council have won a prestigious national PR award

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Waterford Greenway Set to Become Culinary Capital of the South East

    Waterford Greenway Set to Become Culinary Capital of the South East

Fáilte Ireland has unveiled plans to make the Waterford Greenway a top culinary destination with the potential to attract more

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Tourism Industry Very Upbeat on Prospects for 2018 Despite Wet and Cold Start to Year

    Tourism Industry Very Upbeat on Prospects for 2018 Despite Wet and Cold Start to Year

A difficult start to the year – due to weather conditions – somewhat dampened tourism sentiment for many sectors but

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First of Dublin Visitor Attractions Accredited For Excellence in Customer Service

    First of Dublin Visitor Attractions Accredited For Excellence in Customer Service

Seasons at the Guinness Storehouse and Dalkey Castle have become the first Visitor Attraction Centres in Dublin to complete the Fáilte

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New Fáilte Ireland Food & Drink Strategy

    New Fáilte Ireland Food & Drink Strategy

The Irish Tourism industry needs to work towards changing the perception amongst overseas visitors to reposition Irish food and drink

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Dublin Airport Sets New Passenger Record

    Dublin Airport Sets New Passenger Record

A record-breaking 29.6 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport last year. A significant increase in long-haul traffic, and a robust

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Cork Airport Welcomes Air France

    Cork Airport Welcomes Air France

One of the biggest airlines in the world, Air France is to begin services out of Cork Airport from May,

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Final Stage of €6.5 Million Rejuvenation of Cahernane House Hotel

    Final Stage of €6.5 Million Rejuvenation of Cahernane House Hotel

International hotel management company, The PREM Group, are preparing to enter the final phase of a major €6.5 million redevelopment

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JLL Predicts a Buoyant Year For Ireland’s Hotel Industry

    JLL Predicts a Buoyant Year For Ireland’s Hotel Industry

What does 2018 have in store for the Irish Hotels Market? JLL expects approximately 1,300 new hotel rooms to open in

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Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 11% in 2017

    Visitors to Irish Whiskey Distilleries Up 11% in 2017

The number of visitors to Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres reached 814,000 in 2017, according to new figures published by

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Center Parcs Signs Contract With John Sisk & Son

    Center Parcs Signs Contract With John Sisk & Son

As construction activity on the much anticipated €233 million Center Parcs Longford Forest resort in County Longford ramps up, the

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Value of Irish Foodservice Market Rises to Reach Record €7.8 Billion in 2017

    Value of Irish Foodservice Market Rises to Reach Record €7.8 Billion in 2017

Bord Bia released the findings of its 2017 Irish Foodservice Channel Insights Report in advance of its annual foodservice seminar

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Demand For New Dublin Hotels as Rooms Full Over 300 Nights Per Year

    Demand For New Dublin Hotels as Rooms Full Over 300 Nights Per Year

With Failte Ireland’s latest SOAR report now published, an emphasis has been put on Ireland’s hotel industry to pursue new

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Irish Gin Sales Increase By 240% At Dublin and Cork Airports

    Irish Gin Sales Increase By 240% At Dublin and Cork Airports

Sales of Irish-made gin increased by 240% at Dublin and Cork airports during The Loop’s recent inaugural Spirit of Gin

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Guaranteed Irish Calls For Nominations For Ireland’s National Food Hero

    Guaranteed Irish Calls For Nominations For Ireland’s National Food Hero

Guaranteed Irish, the leading business membership organisation, is calling for nominations for Ireland’s national Food Hero. Since the beginning of the

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Boost in Online Bookings For Irish Travel Agents

    Boost in Online Bookings For Irish Travel Agents

The Irish Travel Agents Association’s (ITAA) latest quarterly members survey reveals that 35% of travel agents increased their online business for

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Green Tourism Area Becomes Top 100 2017 Sustainable Destinations

    Green Tourism Area Becomes Top 100 2017 Sustainable Destinations

The world’s largest sustainable certification programme of its kind, Green Tourism has announced its Northern Irish green destination County Down

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Cork Chamber submits budget asks to Government

    Cork Chamber submits budget asks to Government

Cork Chamber has issued key recommendations to Government ahead of the annual budget. This comes after the Chamber asked its

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Dublin Airport welcomes 20M passengers so far this year

    Dublin Airport welcomes 20M passengers so far this year

More than 20 million passengers have been welcomed at Dublin Airport so far this year as traffic has increased by

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Ryanair back to school seat sale

    Ryanair back to school seat sale

Ryanair has launched a seat sale across its network, with 20% off up to 2 million seats for travel from November

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Growth in overseas visitors remains solid

    Growth in overseas visitors remains solid

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin have welcomed

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Belfast International Airport sees RoI revenue jump 250%

    Belfast International Airport sees RoI revenue jump 250%

Belfast International Airport is seeing a surge in the number of passengers coming from the Republic of Ireland. The airport

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New record For Dublin Airport with 3m passengers In July

Dublin Airport welcomed more than 3.1 million passengers in July, which was a new monthly record for the airport and

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Tourism Minister briefed on Brexit in London

    Tourism Minister briefed on Brexit in London

In a recent visit to London, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin met with the Tourism Ireland

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Canadian women’s rugby players learn camogie from under 11’s girls club

    Canadian women’s rugby players learn camogie from under 11’s girls club

The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 kicked off this week in Dublin, with 12 national teams participating. Rugby Canada and

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Mid-year review of overseas tourism 2017

    Mid-year review of overseas tourism 2017

Official CSO figures for the first half of 2017 confirm growth of +4.2% in overseas visitors to Ireland, 182,000 arrivals

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Over 4.2% growth in overseas visitors for January-June 2017

    Over 4.2% growth in overseas visitors for January-June 2017

Commenting on figures published by the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland for January to June, Niall Gibbons, CEO of

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Tourism Ireland launches Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign

    Tourism Ireland launches Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign

Tourism Ireland has announced details of its new promotional campaign to leverage the tourism benefits of the upcoming Women’s Rugby

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Best ever month of May for Irish tourism

    Best ever month of May for Irish tourism

Commenting on figures published today by the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland for January to May, Niall Gibbons, CEO

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Tourism Ireland ‘Game of Thrones’ campaign wins big

    Tourism Ireland ‘Game of Thrones’ campaign wins big

Tourism Ireland’s Game of Thrones campaign scooped three awards – a gold, a silver and a bronze – at the

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CSO figures for overseas visitors in Q1 reflect challenge of Brexit

    CSO figures for overseas visitors in Q1 reflect challenge of Brexit

Commenting on recent CSO figures for the first quarter of 2017, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Despite strong

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€720m spent on Irish hotel transactions in 2016

    €720m spent on Irish hotel transactions in 2016

According to new research from Cushman & Wakefield, a record €720 million was spent on 51 hotel transactions in Ireland

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€6.7m EU boost to improve bathing waters in Ireland and Wales

    €6.7m EU boost to improve bathing waters in Ireland and Wales

A €6.7 million EU-backed initiative to combat the effects of pollution on bathing waters in Wales and Ireland has been

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