Aviation takes off – ITIC interview with DAA CEO, Dalton Philips

Last week the non-essential travel ban was finally lifted allowing international aviation to recommence. ITIC caught up with Dalton Philips – CEO of DAA who operate Dublin and Cork Airports – to hear about the return of international travel. Dalton discusses the impact of the pandemic on the aviation sector, how Dublin and Cork airports […]... Read More

Interview with Nóirín Hegarty, Chair of the Recovery Oversight Group

After Friday’s more positive announcement about the reopening of the travel, tourism and hospitality economy – including a date for the resumption of international aviation – the industry can look forward to a more positive future after the ravages of the pandemic. The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) spoke with Nóirín Hegarty, Chair of the […]... Read More

The loss of North American flights to the West

AOB is at the end of most meeting agendas but for the tourism industry it stands for “Access is the Oxygen of Business” and is priority number one. Covid-19 and the Irish Government’s restrictions on aviation – the harshest across all of Europe – have severely impacted airlines and airports. As an island nation this […]... Read More

How Ireland compares – tourism reopening plans across Europe

Later this week An Taoiseach Micheál Martin will unveil the latest reopening plan for the Irish economy with a particular focus on the tourism, aviation and hospitality sectors. In advance of that announcement the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) – using data from Eurostat, National Tourism Authorities, the European Commission and Our World in Data – takes […]... Read More

Covid-19: ITIC Bulletin 11: Setbacks & stumbles on road to tourism industry new normality

Government decisions in May will be critical Last month’s announcement by An Taoiseach of the reopening plan for the economy was broadly welcomed by Ireland’s tourism industry, the country’s largest indigenous sector and biggest regional employer. It contained a number of positive initiatives including the crucial lifting of the inter-county travel ban which unlocks the […]... Read More

Professor Luke O’Neill discusses vaccines, variants and the reopening of the travel, tourism and hospitality economy

Earlier this week the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) spoke with Professor of Biochemistry and Immunology Luke O’Neill on how society and the economy is winning the battle against Covid. Positive, engaging and stimulating, Luke discusses how international travel can restart, how we must live alongside variants, the importance of embracing antigen testing, and how […]... Read More

ITIC talks to Paul Kelly about the current crisis and tourism’s future

Earlier this week the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) met with Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, to hear about the Agency’s key role in assisting the tourism industry in this unprecedented crisis. Paul talks about how Fáilte Ireland have reorientated their people and resources to support the industry, the likely importance of the domestic […]... Read More