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# Tourism

Last month
December 2022
# Tourism
Concerns new visa waiver scheme could dissuade US travellers from visiting Northern Ireland
Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen said visitors could confine their trips to the Republic of Ireland to avoid ‘extra hassle’.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you planned any trips abroad for 2023?
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# Céad Míle Fáilte
Irish tourism hasn't returned to pre-pandemic levels
The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation has estimated that a full recovery to 2019 levels won’t happen until 2026.
Last year
# Tourism
Ireland ranked the friendliest country in Europe by Condé Nast Traveller
In the readers’ list of friendliest cities in Europe, Dublin came in sixth place.
# Tourists
Tourism Ireland was worried article about visit cost for holidaymakers would get 'amplified'
There has been a steady level of online complaints from visitors to Ireland, a Tourism Ireland report said.
# Prices
Hotels group says 'commentary' misses how supply problems are causing cost increases
The Irish Hotels Federation body was before the Oireacthas Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts Sport and Media today.
# not my hometown
Cheaper to fly to Rome and see Springsteen than to go to Dublin gigs, Dáil told
Tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Dublin’s RDS cost up to €156.
# Travel
New Zealand to ‘welcome the world back’ as tourism restarts
The announcement brought forward the date that tourists can visit from countries including the US, Canada, Britain and much of Europe.
# St Patrick's Day
Global Greening paused this year so monuments around the world can be lit in Ukrainian colours
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has written to all Irish embassies asking for monuments to be lit up in yellow and blue.
All time
# Tourism
Irish travel company Joe Walsh Tours to reopen after ceasing business earlier this year
After ceasing trading in April 2021, KPMG were appointed liquidators of the company.
# winter holidays
Voucher scheme for off-peak tourism season part of the Budget negotiations, says minister
The Stay and Spend scheme was under utilised due to the continuous Covid-19 restrictions, said Minister Catherine Martin.
# Travel
Travel rules for US tourists to Ireland unchanged despite EU decision to remove from safe list
The tourism sector had sought clarity as businesses feared further loss of revenue.
Travel abroad jumped by 23% last month as 85,000 travel from Ireland overseas
The number of departures from April to May increased by a third.
# Tourism
EU recommends countries lift travel restrictions on US tourists
EU members agreed to add the US to the list of countries from which restrictions on non-essential travel should be removed.
# Would you go?
From a flight simulator to a hilltop funicular: These four tourists attractions have been awarded €73 million
Ireland’s first funicular is planned for Donegal.
# summer 2021
Hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses can reopen from today
Indoor dining and leisure facilities at hotels are also permitted to reopen for guests.
# Tourism
Taoiseach heads to Brussels for sign-off on return of travel between EU countries
It is possible that travel to the UK will be possible in June, and that holidays abroad will be possible in July.
# Tourism
Tourism in rural Ireland set to thrive this summer, but cities will suffer, Fáilte Ireland says
Fáilte Ireland say rural destinations are offering the outdoor attractions people are seeking in light of the pandemic.
# Tourism
Tánaiste 'increasingly confident' that indoor and outdoor dining will reopen during the summer
Leo Varadkar said that it is “increasingly evident that outdoor dining is much safer than indoor”.
# Coronavirus
'My face turned white. And here we are, a year on': The workers still waiting to go back, 12 months later
It’s been a year since Varadkar’s Washington speech, and many people have been out of work for almost 12 months.
It's been a year since the Taoiseach's speech from Washington
Pubs shut a few days later, and many have remained closed for the past 12 months
Workers in the most affected industries are hoping for brighter days ahead, but are realistic about short-term prospects
24 hours that changed everything: An oral history
Why the start of the pandemic might feel like a million years ago rather than just one
# pandemic
Tourism firms can apply for grants of up to €200,000 under new scheme
Applications for the TBCS will open on 11 February.
# Holidays
Taoiseach says government will consider extra bank holiday for 2021
There have been calls for another bank holiday in a bid to boost tourism next year.
'2020 is a complete wipeout. But we'll be back': Glimmer of light at the end of the Covid tunnel for those closed all year
Businesses that had to shut for most of 2020 are hoping for brighter days ahead in 2021.
# Tourism Ireland
St Patrick's week set to be starting point for plan to rebuild Irish tourism sector after 'decimation' in 2020
Tourism Ireland hopes to attract international visitors here again by the summer of 2021.
# A Clare Winner
Burren tourism group named among Lonely Planet's 'Best in Travel' winners for 2021
The award comes amid big changes to the tourism industry during 2020.
# Economy
VAT rate reduction for tourism and hospitality sector kicks in today
The Finance Minister said the change was introduced in recognition of the unprecedented challenges facing particular sectors.
# Tourism
'We need to open up our travel industry,' says Minister
Minister Robert Troy said it is “critically important” for tourism and trade to have an open travel industry.
# holibops
Taoiseach denies 'bottling' extra bank holiday but next year seen as more likely option
The idea of Ireland having an extra bank holiday to boost the tourism sector has been mooted for several months.
# Kurzarbeit
German short-time work benefit model being considered by government ahead of Budget
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said specific sector supports are under consideration.
# Living With Covid
Government will 'broadly support' new EU approach to air travel as Green List set to be updated on Monday
The government provided details on the new arrangements for air travel at a press conference today.
# empty rooms
'Nothing short of disastrous': Hoteliers say their futures are bleak as revenues plummet due to Covid
The average room occupancy stood at 42% for July.
# Tourism
Funding for greenways across 20 counties announced, here's where they could be
The funding covers route options and feasibility studies.
# Housing Crisis
ESRI says affordability pressures for renters 'likely to worsen'
Renters are more likely to work in the sectors worst hit by the pandemic.
# covid19
Global virus deaths pass 650,000 as new surges prompt fresh restrictions
European countries are struggling to balance keeping tourism open while guarding against new flare-ups of infection.
# Tourism
Admission charges for Dún Aonghasa, Castletown House and other heritage sites to be waived
The government hopes this will help to encourage people to take trips within Ireland.
# Travel
'A very real danger': Just 4,000 calls made to 60,000 Dublin Airport arrivals in first two weeks of July
Only half of the calls made were answered.
# Travel
Busiest recent flight from Texas to Dublin had 'fewer than 20 passengers on board'
Only two such flights from Dallas to Dublin have landed since the route resumed service.
# Tourism
'We don't have time to police customers': Bar and restaurant owners call for guidance on tourist quarantine
Some hospitality businesses have turned away tourists who are not following the quarantine advice on arrival in Ireland.
# Staycation
Fáilte Ireland may target Northern Irish visitors to bolster tourism trade
More and more people will be staying on the island for a holiday this summer.
# Staycation
Extra bank holiday not ruled out as tourism industry says Covid-19 impact has been 'catastrophic'
Fáilte Ireland is calling for the VAT rate to be changed to 5% to help the tourism sector.