Carty Takes Fáilte Ireland Chair

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD has announced the appointment of Paul Carty as chairperson of Fáilte Ireland with immediate effect. The appointment follows an open competitive process through the Public Appointments Service.

For almost 20 years, Paul Carty held the role of managing director at the Guinness Storehouse until his retirement in 2020. Under his leadership, visitor numbers increased six-fold from under 300,000 to almost 1.8 million in 2019.

Paul spent many years working abroad, holding senior positions with the Forte Group and Le Meridien in Dublin, London, Bahrain, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. He is a former chair of ITIC and founder and former chair of AVEA (Association of Visitor Experiences and Attractions) which now has over 105 members throughout the island of Ireland.

He is a fellow of the Irish Hospitality Institute and received the Irish Hotels Federation 2016 President's Award for his contribution to Irish tourism.

Paul was the first recipient of the inaugural Eileen O'Mara Walsh Tourism Industry Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021.

After completing his formal education, Paul trained as a chef at Rockwell Hotel School and continued his studies at Shannon College of Hotel Management. He was chosen by the college as class patron of the 2014 graduation class. He is also a past student of Cornell University New York.

Paul has been a Member of the Fáilte Ireland Authority since 2017 and was selected unanimously by his colleagues on the Authority to serve as Interim Chair commencing on August 18th 2020.