A Brief History of Flight – and a Look at the Future

The brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright are mostly credited with inventing manned flight.  It is true that Orville piloted “the Flyer” in man’s first powered flight on December 17th 1903.  That flight lasted 12 seconds and travelled 120 feet. An inauspicious beginning you might think, but humankind was now able to fly!  During the next […]... Read More

Aer Lingus cuts Transatlantic Winter Schedule

Aer Lingus recently announced its transatlantic winter schedule, and not unexpectedly it reflects the unprecedented operating environment in which the entire aviation industry currently finds itself. Direct services between Dublin and Washington and Dublin San Francisco will be suspended for the winter (though daily one-stop services will be offered in cooperation with Jetblue and United […]... Read More

Ideas for Tourism

In March of this year the Ideas Campaign, an independent, citizen’s initiative based in Ireland, was launched.  The driving force behind this was Aileen O’Toole of AMAS, the online consulting specialists, and its principal objectives were to: –  seek citizens ideas for Irish economic recovery and renewal, –  help stimulate a debate about solutions to […]... Read More

Niall Gibbons to head Tourism Ireland

Moving swiftly to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Paul O’Toole, the Board of Tourism Ireland this week appointed Niall Gibbons as Chief Executive, with immediate effect. Niall is no stranger to the industry as he currently is Corporate Director of Services and Policy at Tourism Ireland.  In his first public interview since […]... Read More

Airline Industry still hurting

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is presently holding its annual meeting in Kuala Lumpar, and despite some signs of an easing to the global recession, IATA are of the view that this will not be reflected in airline financial performance for some time. Having lost $10.4 billion in 2008 and despite fuel savings of […]... Read More

Tourism Ireland chief is confident about the future

Paul O’Toole, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, leaves this week to take up his new position as Chief Executive of FAS, the Irish National Training and Employment Authority. In this interview with ITIC, Paul looks back on his 8 years as Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, a period which has seen lots of highs and […]... Read More