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July 2020


Staycation subsidy: Cash back for holidays at home

A new tax-back scheme for people who holiday at home this summer is being developed by the Government.


‘Queen of the skies’ – British Airways to retire Boeing 747s with immediate effect

British Airways is to retire its fleet of Boeing 747s with immediate effect.

Star pause: ‘Vomiting’ visitors cited among reasons for Skellig closure

Tourists vomiting in boats and visitors “panting” and “breathing heavily” as they climbed the steep stairs on Skellig Michael were among the reasons put forward for closing one of the country’s most famous tourist attractions this year.


‘Green list’ of holiday destinations will go down to the wire

Greece and Cyprus may be among the European sun destinations in next week’s ‘green list’ of countries where Irish holidaymakers can enjoy quarantine-free breaks.


€1 million facelift brings Patrick Kavanagh Centre back to life in Co Monaghan

Monaghan Tourism has unveiled a new “jewel in its crown” – a refurbished Patrick Kavanagh Centre in the poet’s native Inniskeen.

‘We don’t want uncivil tourists in our islands’ – popular Majorca bars and clubs ordered to close

Authorities in Majorca have ordered the closure of bars and nightclubs in beachfront areas popular with foreign visitors.

Volkswagen lists must-see-and-drive routes in Ireland, as record numbers buying campervans for staycations

It’s a staycation summer for most of us – and it looks like an increasing number of families are planning an Irish holiday on the move this year.

Ryanair blames ‘blanket quarantine’ as it axes 1,000 Ireland-UK flights

Ryanair will axe up to 1,000 flights between Ireland and the UK in August and September in response to what it claimed are “defective quarantine restrictions” here.

Frustrated by lockdown? Iceland offers to release your screams over loudspeaker

People feeling stressed by lockdown are being invited to let off steam by having their screams played over loudspeaker in a remote part of Iceland.

Ryanair to cut up to 1,000 flights between Ireland and UK in response to ‘defective quarantine restrictions’

Ryanair will axe up to 1,000 flights between Ireland and the UK for August and September in response to what it claimed are “defective quarantine restrictions” here.

Irish travellers have brought virus back from all over world, warn health chiefs

Travel to exotic locations such as Malaysia has led to people picking up Covid-19 and testing positive for the virus after returning home.

Calls to cancel flights from US as health officials ‘worried of risk’

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has warned that people should not come to Ireland unless they will quarantine for two weeks when they arrive, saying the pandemic is “not a time for normal holidays”.

The great escape: 1,000 guests plan visit to Center Parcs

Center Parcs reopened yesterday with around 1,000 guests expected – but face masks certainly aren’t something many holidaymakers want to see on their itinerary.

Sheen Falls owners relaunch Townhouse after €3.5m upgrade

The owners of the five-star Sheen Falls in Kenmare, Co Kerry, have relaunched Trinity Townhouse in Dublin after a €3.5m refurbishment.

Ireland’s economy will ‘not survive’ if only essential travel is allowed – Aviation taskforce report

Ireland’s economy will “not survive” if only essential travel is allowed and the country’s tourist and hospitality industry will “starve on domestic staycations alone”, an aviation taskforce established by the government has warned.

‘Follow UK’s lead and cut VAT and cap on venues’ – hotels chief

HOTELS are barely a quarter full nationwide and need the same VAT break just provided to hoteliers in the UK to compete, according to the Irish Hotels Federation.

Magical Hogwarts themed Airbnb in Roscommon booked out by Harry Potter fanatics

A Hogwarts themed Airbnb in Co Roscommon has become a top destination for Harry Potter fans looking for a magical weekend away.

Qatar Airways now requires passengers to wear face shields – here’s what health experts have to say

Many airlines are requiring customers to wear face coverings, but Qatar Airways is taking an even stronger stance by requiring economy passengers and cabin crew to wear face shields on board too.

Irish passport billed as one of the world’s most powerful

AN Irish passport is the joint sixth strongest in the world, based on the number of countries its holders can visit without a visa, according to a new study.

New Zealand national carrier suspends new bookings for flights into country

New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home.

June 2020


Eoghan Corry Opinion We need a plan for foreign travel and it has to come from our government, not through medical briefings

IT IS time for someone to step in and implement a coherent, planned strategy for return to travel. 

New Transport Minister Ryan warns against going on foreign holidays

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has said Ireland should be “cautious” and should not be “turning on the taps of huge amounts of additional travel” such as foreign holidays.


Q&A: Where can I travel this summer and will increased tourists coming to Ireland lead to a second wave?

DON’T start packing yet but Greece has a good chance of being chosen as a low-risk destination where Irish holidaymakers can make an overseas trip this summer.

Ryanair calls on EU to block “illegal” €3.4 billion state aid to rival airline

Ryanair has called on the EU Commission to block what it claims is “illegal state aid” of €3.4 billion to KLM.

Holiday chaos: no clarity on ‘green list’ destinations

Holidaymakers face travel chaos as massive uncertainty remains over which countries will be included on a special ‘green list’, or how long they will stay on it.


First Look: New national Covid-19 ‘safety charter’ to reassure staycationers 

Fáilte Ireland has unveiled a new, €1.5 million Covid-19 ‘safety charter’ that hotels, restaurants and other tourism businesses can display in premises and online to reassure customers. 

Disney delays reopening of California theme parks

Disney has postponed the reopening of two theme parks until it receives guidelines from the state government in California.


Passengers ‘face queue nightmare at airports if two-metre rule stays’

The Government is coming under pressure to reduce the social distancing rule for airports to one metre when it decides to ease air travel restrictions.


Q&A: Aviation industry needs a plan so it can take off again

It’s clear that Ireland’s aviation industry urgently needs a plan to get it moving again.

Make way for summer: Government taskforce says non-essential air travel ban should be lifted on July 1

A Government taskforce has called for the restrictions on non-essential air travel to be lifted by July 1.

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