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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 awarding of food supplier contracts to its Center Parcs Longford Forest resort – due to open in summer 2019 – worth a combined total of €5.2 million. Center Parcs has awarded the following food supplier contracts:

Dublin […]

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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 for the launch of the Waterford Greenway. The campaign won Best Public Sector Campaign at the recent Awards for Excellence in Public Relations.
The awards were hosted by the Public Relations Consultants Association (Ireland), the Public Relations Institute of […]

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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 overseas visitors and drive significant growth in the area. The new ‘Savour the Greenway’ programme seeks to leverage the growing tourism trend for seeking out locally sourced food and culture in order to maximise the […]

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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 most businesses report a positive outlook for the remainder of the year. This was one of the findings from the latest Fáilte Ireland Tourism Barometer, a survey of more than 500 tourism businesses around the country. […]

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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 Ireland’s Accredited Services Excellence Programme. The Programme is aimed at helping tourism businesses reach the highest standards in customer care, which can result in major benefits such as business growth, additional repeat business, increased visitor spend […]

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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 from being a pleasant surprise to becoming one of the compelling reasons to visit Ireland, according to remarks from Paul Keeley, Director of Commercial Development at Fáilte Ireland, at a briefing to tourism and food […]

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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 performance from continental European routes, were the main elements of a 6% increase in passenger numbers in 2017, which was the seventh consecutive year of growth at Dublin Airport.
About 27.8 million passengers started or ended […]

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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, with a new Cork toParis-Charles de Gaulle route. The daily flight during this year’s summer season will not only link Cork to France, but also connect passengers from the south of Ireland to Air France’s extensive network of over […]

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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 of their latest acquisition, Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney. Purchased by the PREM Group in 2016, Cahernane House Hotel has undergone extensive renovations over the past 18 months in a bid to return the luxury […]

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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 Dublin City, representing a +6.0% increase in current room supply. The first new hotel to open will be the Iveagh Garden Hotel (pictured above), which opens this month on Harcourt Street.
The summer will also see […]

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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 the Irish Whiskey Association. This marked an increase of over 11 per cent from 2016, when 733,000 visitors were recorded. More significantly, it marks an increase of 25 per cent from 2015, when 653,000 visitors […]

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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 company has announced it has formally awarded two major construction contracts to Dublin-based construction firm John Sisk & Son.
The contracts for the construction of the 470 lodges and 30 apartments as well as the state-of-the-art centre […]

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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 which took place in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The report shows that Ireland’s foodservice market continues to grow and is now valued at a record €7.8 billion, comprising over 33,000 individual outlets. The foodservice market […]

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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 hotel development in Dublin City. Failte Ireland’s Situation and Outlook Analysis Report revealed that although Ireland has received 160,000 more arrivals from January to August this year than last, accommodation capacity constraints in key honeypots are […]

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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 Festival. The festival ran in August and September in both Dublin and Cork airports and was aimed at showcasing the best of Irish gin alongside the global leaders in the industry.
Gin is currently the fastest-growing […]

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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 year, the organisation has run the ‘Guaranteed Irish Hero Awards’, recognising the best talent in Ireland across various sectors.  To date, awards have been made to high-achievers in the arts, sports, science and music industries. Now, […]

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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 the third quarter of 2017 (July-Sept), when compared to the same period in 2016. Almost two-thirds of ITAA members surveyed (65%) said that more than 10% of their bookings now come through online channels.
Cormac Meehan […]

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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 has been listed in the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations 2017, for the second year in a row. The destination joins a host of green-minded areas around the globe in a list that recognises commitment to […]

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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 1,200 members about the measures most wanted in the budget. In its submission, the Chamber includes a number of specific recommendations to improve Cork as a place to work and live. Among these are:

Urgent investment […]

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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 6% compared to the first eight months of last year.
The growth in passenger numbers means that the airport has already facilitated an additional 1.2 million passengers this year.
Almost 3.1 million passengers used the airport in […]

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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 to January, allowing customers to book their winter getaway on the lowest fares and beat the back to school blues – or celebrate a job well done all summer.
Discounted seats are available right across Ryanair’s […]

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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 the latest official data on overseas travel from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), which showed an increase of 3.1% in overseas visits to Ireland for the first seven months of 2017 compared to the same period of […]

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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 says that Republic of Ireland car park transactions for the period 14th July to 14th August were up 135% on the same period last year. This delivered a revenue increase of 250%.
Using the airport’s own on-line car park booking system, 11% […]

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New record For Dublin Airport with 3m passengers In July

    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 a 6% increase on the same period last year. July was the first time in the airport’s 77-year history that more than three million passengers have been facilitated in a single month.
A total of 3,121,469 […]

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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 team, where he was briefed on the organisation’s 2017 promotional programme and the possible implications on travel of the decision by the UK to leave the EU.
Great Britain is a vital market for tourism to […]

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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 Tourism Ireland hosted a community event for the Canadian women’s team at a Dublin GAA club this week, to allow the team experience one of our unique national games.
Tourism Ireland arranged a fun camogie lesson […]

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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 more than the record first half of 2016. At the recent mid-year review of overseas tourism, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross and Tourism Ireland CEO, Niall Gibbons, confirmed that this growth has […]

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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 Tourism Ireland, said: “I am pleased to see growth of +4.2% for the period January-June, coming on the back of a record performance in 2016 and years of solid growth in overseas tourism. It is encouraging […]

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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 World Cup. The announcement was made as the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Trophy Tour arrived in the Tourism Ireland office in Dublin.
Tourism Ireland is urging rugby fans and potential visitors everywhere to come for […]

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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 of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am pleased to see growth of more than +3% for the five-month period January-May, coming on the back of a record performance in 2016 and years of solid growth in […]

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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 prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The Cannes Lions awards are highly coveted and generally regarded as the Oscars of the advertising and marketing world. The Tourism Ireland campaign was awarded a Gold Lion […]

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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 growth in visitor numbers from North America (+13%) and from long-haul markets including Australia (+16%), a decline of -7% in British visitors has led to an overall drop of -1% in overseas visitors to Ireland […]

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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 last year. Cushman & Wakefield, the commercial partner here of Sherry FitzGerald, also found that the biggest deal in 2016 involved the sale of the former Burlington Hotel for €182 million to German asset manager […]

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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 announced by Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford AM.
The Acclimatize project will help to improve the quality of sea shores in both countries, helping to boost […]

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Tourism Ireland reveals quirkiest ‘Greenings’ for St Patrick’s Day 2017

    Tourism Ireland reveals quirkiest ‘Greenings’ for St Patrick’s Day 2017

What do the Big Banana in Australia, an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft in Addis Ababa and two rhino statues in Nairobi have in common? They are just some of the more unusual participants in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative for St Patrick’s Day 2017.
Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative has gone from strength to strength – […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dublin Airport

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport will welcome more than 376,000 passengers arriving and departing through the airport in the coming days for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. A variety of musical entertainment is scheduled for passengers flying in for St. Patrick’s Day with singing from Portmarnock Community School students and Dublin Airport staff performing in Terminals 1 and […]

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Plans to transform Abbeyfeale convent into business hub

    Plans to transform Abbeyfeale convent into business hub

Abbeyfeale Community Council plans to transform the convent into a hub for new businesses and job creation, a community events hall and a visitor and heritage centre. If the community council’s plans go ahead, it could create a significant number of new jobs in the town as well as boosting Abbeyfeale’s attraction for tourism.
The community […]

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