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# Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Galway, the ring of Kerry and museums: What tourists like most about Ireland
Hiking/walking is the most popular activity for visitors to Dingle and the North West while museums and galleries came out as the top attractions for visitors to Dublin.
# JFK 50
Thousands join Kennedy's relations in New Ross for JFK 50 celebrations
The only surviving daughter of US President John F Kennedy, Caroline, and his grandchildren will be in New Ross today for the celebrations.
# Tourism
Did your town make the cut? Long list for Ireland's Top Tourism Town announced
Now in its second year, the award is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community goes “the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists”.
# Tourism
Ireland getting better in offering value for money, say tourists
Tourists told Fáilte Ireland that Ireland has improved significantly in giving value for money over the past 10 years.
# Céad Míle Fáilte
Ireland is the 9th friendliest country in the world for tourists
Research by the World Economic Forum says we’re still among the most welcoming countries in the world for visitors.
Column: So you want to set up a festival? Here's what you should know...
Festivals and events can bring much-needed tourism to a town, village or region, generating substantial economic and socio-cultural benefits. Feargus Dunne advises on how to organise one.
# St Patrick's Day
'Green carpet treatment' for world's media
Journalists are being given a warm welcome this week in the hopes it will boost tourism.
Column: The Gathering should be encouraged, not belittled and criticised
This initiative is taking tourism away from the bureaucrats and returning it to the people on the ground, writes John Verling.
# Tourism
First official event of The Gathering kicks off with Dublin NYE party
Thousands of people are expected to take to Dublin’s streets tomorrow night to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
# Tourism Town
Ireland’s first national tourism town named...
It was chosen from a shortlist of ten top tourism towns.
# Tourism
What hotspot will be named Ireland's first 'Tourism Town'?
The winner will be picked from a shortlist of 10 this afternoon. But have your say in our mini-poll.
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: A Gathering storm; Al-Quinnada; and Mitt Romney’s Irish cousin?
# Kilkenny
€5.5m tourism investment announced in Kilkenny
The money will be invested in a new “Medieval Mile” project and is just the first phase in a €15 million development package planned over the next four years.
# the gathering
€5 million funding planned for local The Gathering events - and more to come
Fine Gael Mayo Deputy Michelle Mulherin said the funding is great news which will help people in planning community activities during the event.
# Fáilte Ireland
Fáilte Ireland says some tourism sectors are outperforming others
Failte Ireland says confidence in tourism has improved but there are still challenges with some sectors outperforming others.
# emerald isle classic
Sponsorship of Emerald Isle Classic costs The Gathering over €600,000
Saturday’s game is set to be viewed by a worldwide audience of over three million people.
# carly booth
Ladies Irish Open: Matthew leads the way with English duo close behind
Local amatuer stars Lisa and Leona Maguire endured tough opening rounds at Killeen Castle.
# Tourism
Potential for growth in tourism sector highlighted at Summer School
Leaders in the tourism sector highlighted paths for potential growth in the sector at the Garret FitzGerald Summer School in Killarney.
# Volvo Ocean Race
Fáilte Ireland: Get out of bed and welcome Volvo Ocean Race
Kerryman Damian Foxall is the watch leader on French entry Groupama, and says that “anything but overall victory” would be a disaster for them.
# Tourism
Better marketing of Dublin as tourist destination could create 27,000 jobs
A report recommends closer collaboration between various stakeholders and the creation of a Dublin specific brand to market to potential overseas visitors as tourism in Dublin fell significantly in the post-Celtic Tiger years.
# hot spots
Photos: Ireland’s top 10 attractions revealed
Which places around the country drew the most visitors last year? And does this vintage photo give you a clue?
# Pints
Ellen starts filming for St Patrick's Day show in Dublin
The Guinness Storehouse will welcome the crew of the US talk show with a pint and some beef stew.
# Destination Ireland
2011 marks recovery for Irish tourism
Research by Fáilte Ireland has indicated that 2011 is proving to be a turning point for Irish tourism.
# Bienvenue
Fáilte Ireland scholarship to attract foreign English language tutors
The new scheme will entice people from certain countries, who teach English as a foreign language, to live and work in Ireland.
# hay day
In pictures: The horsey set at the RDS
It’s the Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse Show time of year again. Here’s what the four-legged and two-legged got up to today…
# Diarmuid Gavin
Sky Garden may cost the taxpayer another €100k
Transport, insurance and operation costs associated with Diarmuid Gavin’s award-winning Sky Garden may end up costing the taxpayer thousands more.
# Etiquette
Don't call me princess: Fáilte Ireland makes Queen gaffe
So our national tourism board got the British royal etiquette wrong – but how easy is it to know how to greet a monarch? We look at international royal meet ‘n’ greet customs.
# Fáilte
Over 2,000 people to go through Garda vetting to be a Dublin city ambassador
Garda clearance applications must be processed before the ambassador scheme can go ahead, but organisers say they’re “confident”.
# Tourism
Tourists think Ireland is "better value for money" than before
Annual tourism report makes for stark reading – the industry was down €4.6bn in 2010 – but there are some reasons for optimism…
# Tourism
Numbers visiting Ireland down 15% on last year
The volume of tourists coming to Ireland fell by a million in 2010, according to estimates by the travel industry.
# Open for Business
Is the Irish Open to tee off next summer?
Big news for Irish golf fans as the Race to Dubai 2011 schedule is set to be released later.
# Tourist Trap
New DIY kit could transform your town into a 'tourist trap'
Fáilte Ireland has introduced a new initiative aimed at helping towns exploit the tourism potential of their history – but will it impress the New York Times?