Entries by mveale

2014 Budget delivers for tourism

Ministers Noonan and Varadkar delivered for the Tourism Industry yesterday with the announcement of the retention of the 9% VAT rate.  The industry breathed a sigh of relief at the announcement which was first up in the budget and rightly so.  This initiative was introduced in 2011 as part of the stimulus package announced by […]

ITOA Welcomes New Trans-Atlantic Aer Lingus Schedules for 2014

  Aer Lingus announced the long awaited news of their new routes to San Francisco and Toronto for 2014 today and increased frequency to Shannon airport from Boston (from January 2014) and New York (from March 30). From March Aer Lingus will operate with five services per week being operated by Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft […]

Abbey Tours Aquires Moloney & Kelly Tours

ITOA member Abbey Tours is pleased to announce their recent acquisition of the Dublin based company ITOA member Moloney & Kelly Travel. Founded in 1970, Moloney & Kelly Travel is one of Ireland’s longest established destination management companies, specialising in Incentive and Leisure Travel. The business will continue to operate from the current address and […]

Good Start to 2013 Season – CSO Report

  The CSO provided positive news for the Irish Tourism Industry this week with the release of the stats from March – May 2013 showing an increase of 8.1% on the same period for 2012. The North American markets continues to perform strongly with an increase of 282,300 trips representing a 12.6% growth. Mainland Europe […]

ITOA Chief Executive Ruth Andrews met with the Japanese Prime Minister

  ITOA Chief Executive Ruth Andrews met with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, guest of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, on his brief visit to Dublin yesterday following his attendance at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. During his visit to Government buildings Ruth joined Niall Gibbons,  Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland in greeting the Prime […]

Ireland a G8 Great Place to Do Business

  An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given Ireland’s business tourism sector an extra push this week with the meeting of the G8 in Ireland by appearing in a promotional video outlining Ireland’s strengths as a meeting, conference and Incentive (MICE) destination. With the worlds leaders gathered for their G8 meeting in Fermanagh, our own leader […]

Congratulations to Catherine Reilly – Brendan Vacations

Catherine Reilly, Managing Director Brendan Vacations Ireland  and Past President of ITOA has recently completed 10 years service as board member of the Irish Tourism Authority, Failte Ireland.  Catherine was appointed to the board of Failte Ireland in July 2003, shortly after the formation of the new Authority in May 2003 and has been one […]

Meitheal Had Added Advantage (ico) This Year

ITOA member, advantage ico, worked with the Trade Engagement team in Failte Ireland to organise  the networking events for Meitheal at the CCD and The Guinness Storehouse. Failte Ireland appointed advantage ico after a competitive tender process. Services provided to the Failte Ireland Meitheal team included event management, venue selection and liaison, event production, props, […]

Travel Trade Gathering at Meitheal Workshop 2013

300 International Travel Trade, including ITOA members attended this year’s Meitheal Workshop in Dublin on Tuesday 23rd April and Wednesday 24th April 2013. This annual event is one of Ireland’s most important sales and networking event, with 300 international travel trade buyers attending to contract tourism product for 2014 and beyond. Many of the overseas […]