Ireland among luxurious holiday hot-spots

A major online travel magazine focussed solely on “providing ultimate inspiration for discerning travellers” has placed Ireland among the elite locations to visit for the richest tourists on the planet. Read the full article in the Examiner. Share this:... Read More

IATA disappointed with ETS decision

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed disappointment at the decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which upheld European Union (EU) plans to include international aviation in the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) from 2012. CLICK HERE  to read the press release issued by IATA. Share this:... Read More

Green light given to airline carbon charges

A ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) giving the green light to charges on airlines for carbon emissions on long haul flights to and from Europe from January 1st has sparked a furious row between the EU and the US. The scheme, which comes into effect from the start of next month, is […]... Read More

Cork-Swansea Ferry Update

A High Court judge has agreed to continue court protection for the companies operating the Cork-Swansea ferry service to allow for finalisation of a survival scheme. Mr Justice Peter Kelly said yesterday he was satisfied to extend the protection period for the companies to January 24th next. Read the full article in today’s Irish Times. […]... Read More

New Chairman for the DAA

Corporate lawyer Pádraig Ó Ríordáin of Arthur Cox, who was a lead adviser to the government during the banking crisis, has agreed to become the next chairman of the Dublin Airport Authority. Mr Ó Ríordáins selection has been sanctioned by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, and he will go before the Oireachtas […]... Read More

Tourism Ireland wins at Direct Marketing Awards

Tourism Ireland scored a hat trick when it scooped three awards at the prestigious 2011 DMA Awards in London recently.  Beating off stiff competition, Tourism Ireland won awards for its innovative social media campaign, called Nick and Sams Ireland Road Trip, in the following categories: – Gold:  in the travel and holidays category; – Bronze:  for best […]... Read More

Queen’s speech to help boost tourism

The tourist industry is poised for a major boost from an unlikely source – Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas speech. The queen’s annual address will include her first public reflections of her successful state visit to Ireland and will include footage of a number of the sites and landmarks included in her four-day trip. Read the full […]... Read More

West of Ireland to attract new airlines

Public and private interests in the west of Ireland have established a war chest to attract new airlines and routes to Shannon airport.  At a tourism conference at Bunratty, Co Clare, yesterday, chief executive of Shannon Development Dr Vincent Cunnane announced the establishment of the new airline route development fund, stating that the initial target of […]... Read More

Dublin to feature in Olympic Torch Relay

Welcoming the news that Dublin has been added to the list of venues for the 2012 Olympic torch relay, on 6 June next year, Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “The announcement that Dublin will feature in the Olympic torch relay is wonderful news; it will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the […]... Read More

Airline financial performance in 2011

According to the International Air Transport Association ( I A T A ) airline  performance this year has been reasonably good but the outlook for 2012 has deteriorated. IATA is particularly worried about the risk posed by a Eurozone crisis, and believe that global airline losses next year could be as high as $ 8 […]... Read More