Interim Chair - Paul Carty
At its meeting on August 18th the Authority of Fáilte Ireland selected Paul Carty to serve as Interim Chair of the National Tourism Development Authority. Paul is an existing Member of the Authority since July 2017 and he will now serve as Interim Chair until Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin appoints a successor.
Paul Carty Biography:
For almost 20 years Paul Carty held the role of Managing Director at the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s most popular paid visitor attraction and one of the world’s leading brand experiences, until his retirement earlier this year.
Under Paul’s leadership, visitor numbers increased six-fold from under 300,000 to almost 1.8 million in 2019.
Paul spent many years working abroad before his tenure at Guinness Storehouse, holding senior positions with the Forte Group and Le Meridien in Dublin, London, Bahrain, Singapore and Saudi Arabia.
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 August 18th 2020.
Paul is also a former Chair of ITIC (Irish Tourism Industry Confederation) and founder and former Chair of AVEA (Association of Visitor Experiences and Attractions) which now has over 105 members throughout the island of Ireland.
Paul Carty is a fellow of the Irish Hospitality Institute and received the prestigious Irish Hotels Federation 2016 Presidents Award for his contribution to Irish tourism.
After completing his formal education Paul trained as a chef at Rockwell Hotel School and continued his studies at Shannon College of Hotel Management. Paul was chosen by the college as class patron of the 2014 Graduation Class. Paul is a past student of Cornell University New York.