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General information about Fáilte Ireland

Fáilte Ireland is the National Tourism Development Authority. Our role is to support the tourism industry and work to sustain Ireland as a high-quality and competitive tourism destination. We provide a range of practical business supports to help tourism businesses better manage and market their products and services.

We also work with other state agencies and representative bodies, at local and national levels, to implement and champion positive and practical strategies that will benefit Irish tourism and the Irish economy. We promote Ireland as a holiday destination through, our domestic marketing campaign, and manage a network of nationwide tourist information centres that provide help and advice for visitors to Ireland.

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Fáilte Ireland is a statutory body set up under the National Tourism Development Authority Act, 2003 as amended by the National Tourism Development Authority (Amendment) Act, 2011. The Authority is also governed by the Tourist Traffic Acts 1939, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1966, 1970, 1983 and 1995 and these Acts, together with the National Tourism Development Authority Acts, are collectively known as the Tourist Traffic Acts 1939 -2011.

The Authority operates in accordance with the provisions of the Acts and under the auspices of the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport who is empowered to provide funds to discharge its obligations and issue general policy directives or to seek information on the Authority’s activities. The Authority is also subject to the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies [pdf, 1,457kb].

The Authority comprises a Chairperson and 12 members, each of whom is appointed by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Members are appointed for a five year term and are eligible for re-appointment for one further term. Day-to-day operations of the organisation are managed by our Chief Executive Officer and Directors.