Most Covid Restrictions to End
The National Public Health Emergency Team has given the green light to ending most Covid-19 public h...

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Ryanair Ramps Up Summer Schedule
Ryanair is ramping up its operations ahead of the summer, announcing its largest ever flight schedul...

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Extra Holiday Will Help Hospitality
Hotels will benefit from the decision to designate March 18 of this year as a Bank Holiday under a n...

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NI Visitors Flock South
More than twice as many cross-Border tourists go from Northern Ireland to the Republic compared to t...

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Most Covid Restrictions to End
Ryanair Ramps Up Summer Schedule
Extra Holiday Will Help Hospitality
NI Visitors Flock South

Newsflash

€50m Fund to Support Tourism

The first two schemes in the €50million Tourism Business Continuity Programme 2022 open for applications this week. tourcoach3The Strategic Tourism Transport Business Continuity Scheme opened for applications on 11th January 2022 and will support eligible tourism transport operators including Coach Tourism Operators, Tourism Chauffeur, Limousine Services and Escorted Private Tours.The Strategic Ireland Based Inbound Agents Tourism Business Continuity Scheme opens for applications on 12th January 2022 and will support Republic of Ireland based Inbound Tour Operators, Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs) who package, sell and market Ireland’s tourism product overseas.The €50million allocation was secured by Minister Catherine Martin T.D. in Budget 2022 to fund further schemes under the Tourism Business Continuity Programme to help sustain strategic tourism businesses.

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World Frisbee Championships for Limerick

Teams from around the world will be heading to Limerick this summer to take part in the World Masters Ultimate Frisbee Championships. Some 2,000 competitors are expected to take part in the event, which will be held at the University of Limerick from 25 June to 2 July.frisbee
The 2022 Championships will be the first WFDF Master's championship since 2018 as the events planned for Australia in 2020 and then 2021 were cancelled due to the pandemic.
The tournament director for the Limerick event described the team sport as "a bit like American football with a frisbee".

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‘St. Brigid’s Day’ Holiday to Boost Tourism

The Government is working on a proposal to have a ‘Double Bank Holiday" for St Patrick's Day this year and a new Bank Holiday for St Brigid’s Day on 1 February 2023, according to the Tánaiste.Brigid
The extra holidays would present the hospitality industry with a welcome opportunity to boost revenue, and it would also enable the Tourism sector to promote visits to Ireland.
Leo Varadkar said the purpose of the day would be to remember all of those who died during the Covid-19 pandemic and to recognise frontline workers.

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Emerald Wins Donegal Route

Aer Lingus regional operator Emerald Airlines will take over the State-supported Dublin-Donegal air service from next month.
Pictured are Lynne Embleton, Aer Lingus CEO, and Conor McCarthy from Emerald Airlines.emerald
Scandinavian carrier Amapola Flyg has been flying the route under a stop-gap arrangement with the Government since July after previous operator, Stobart Air, collapsed in June.
The Department of Transport has awarded a three-year contract to Emerald Airlines after putting the route out to tender across the EU in August. Emerald, run by Conor McCarthy, will launch its Dublin-Donegal service from February 26th, the day after Amapola’s contract ends, ensuring there will be no break between the two.
The airline will fly a 72-seat ATR aircraft twice daily each way between the two airports. Emerald will fly the route under the Aer Lingus brand and flight numbers. Its schedule will allow passengers to connect with the larger carrier’s network.
Aer Lingus last year awarded its regional franchise to Emerald following several months of talks. That will launch on St Patrick’s Day, March 17th. Mr. McCarthy said the award of the contract would ensure continued links between the two destinations.

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INEC Forecasts 40% Revenue Drop

The operator of the INEC Arena concert venue and the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney is anticipating that revenues for 2021 will be down 40% on pre-Covid years. A spokeswoman for the Gleneagle group said that with the aid of Government supports, the business is confident that it will significantly reduce the losses recorded in 2020 and 2021.

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The Gleneagle INEC business was able to boost revenues in 2021 with the construction of an outdoor stage where a number of Irish artists performed in front of capped audiences.
The Gleneagle Group spokeswoman was commenting on accounts for Gleneagle Holdings (Killarney) Ltd which show that the group recorded pre-tax losses of €2.3m in 2020. The 2020 pre-tax loss was more than a six-fold increase on the 2019 pre-tax losses of €361,332.
The 2020 losses followed the group sustaining a 61%, or €13.3m, revenue hit during 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The accounts show that revenues reduced from €21.75m in 2019 to €8.4m in 2020.

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