Ireland Meets Mid East
Thirteen tourism companies from Ireland travelled to Dubai this week to join Tourism Ireland at Arab...

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Ireland at Dubai Summit
Fifteen tourism companies from Ireland joined Tourism Ireland at the inaugural Discover Europe Trave...

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Hospitality Welcomes 9% VAT Extension
Hotels, guesthouses and restaurants across the country have welcomed the announcement from Governmen...

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Arizona Calling
Four tourism companies from Ireland travelled to Arizona to join Tourism Ireland at the annual Globa...

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Ireland Meets Mid East
Ireland at Dubai Summit
Hospitality Welcomes 9% VAT Extension
Arizona Calling

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Ireland Meets Mid East

Thirteen tourism companies from Ireland travelled to Dubai this week to join Tourism Ireland at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in a bid to grow tourist numbers from the UAE in 2022 and beyond.

Pictured are John Costelloe, The K Club; Ahmed Wahid, Nirvana Travel; Danielle Murrihy, Hayfield Manor; and Aisling McDermott, Tourism Ireland, at Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

Tourism Ireland arranged meetings for the tourism operators from Ireland with key UAE travel professionals and also hosted a networking dinner with influential luxury travel buyers based in the UAE.

ATM is the biggest travel trade event in the UAE, attracting more than 20,000 visitors – including leading tour operators, travel agents, business tourism buyers, airlines, travel media and bloggers – and not just from the UAE, but from all over the world.

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Ireland at Dubai Summit

Fifteen tourism companies from Ireland joined Tourism Ireland at the inaugural Discover Europe Travel Summit in Dubai.

Discover Europe Travel Summit was a two-day B2B tourism event organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with the German National Tourist Board, Switzerland Tourism and the Austrian National Tourist Office. The event brought together a delegation of 97 exhibitors from Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria to meet, and do business with, more than 100 travel buyers from the GCC.

Aisling McDermott, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Asia and Middle East, said:

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Hospitality Welcomes 9% VAT Extension

Hotels, guesthouses and restaurants across the country have welcomed the announcement from Government that it is to extend the 9% VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality industry to the end of February 2023. This measure will go a long way to helping the industry recovery.

Given the challenges ahead, the Irish Hotels Federation is calling on the Government to further extend this measure out to 2025 in order to maintain international competitiveness with other European destinations.

IHF President Denyse Campbell said that the 9% VAT rate is the right rate to support recovery in Irish tourism and hospitality and enable the sector to rebuild following an exceptionally challenging two years – particularly in light of spiralling business costs.

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Arizona Calling

Four tourism companies from Ireland travelled to Arizona to join Tourism Ireland at the annual Global Travel Marketplace West (GTM West).

Pictured are John Callely, Pearse Lyons Distillery; Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland; Ruth Vaughan, The Savoy Hotel Limerick; Eoin McGrath, Hastings Hotels; Caitriona O'Mahoney, The Fota Collection; and Paul McDonagh, Tourism Ireland, at GTM West in Arizona.

GTM West is a three-day event involving a programme of bespoke one-to-one appointments, "boardroom" style sessions and networking opportunities. It offers an excellent opportunity for the tourism enterprises from Ireland to meet, and do business with, top-producing travel advisors from North America – ensuring Ireland is "top of mind" for them when recommending destinations to their clients.

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