by Stephen Johnson TRAVEL writer Rick Steves, one of the most influential travel writers in the US, has rubbished Killarney in a recent article in the newspaper “USA Today”. Steves calls Killarney one of “the top ten tourist traps in Europe, that are best avoided by American visitors.
FIGURES from Fáilte Ireland indicate that 2014 was a great year for the tourism industry with the overlook for 2015 predicting a further rise. During 2014 visitor numbers grew by approximately 9% while spending by overseas visitors increase by 13%, an increase of €400 million.
SÉAMUS Ó Drisceoil of Cailin Óir Ferry Service carried out a web survey of West Cork Tourism related websites recently, the purpose of which was to obtain some baseline data on general interest websites promoting tourism in the area. While the work was carried out to support the efforts of the newly formed West Cork Tourism Group, the author accepts complete responsibility.
KINSALE has been named the 2014 Fáilte Ireland National Small Tourism Town; Westport in Co. Mayo was the winner in the large town category while Glengarriff was also a finalist. The award, now in its third year, recognises Irish towns and villages where the local community goes the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists.
by Stephen Johnson KENMARE will unveil a new business and tourism web site in December. The project has been developed by the 46-member Kenmare Marketing & Events Group (KMEG). A KMEG spokesperson told West Cork Times that web design experts at Tourism Ireland in Killarney and Dublin have vetted the new web site and given it their strong approval.
by Stephen Johnson THE December issue of Lonely Plant Traveller magazine is touting Ireland as “one of the world’s hottest destinations for 2015″ and spotlights the Wild Atlantic Way. Lonely Planet Traveller was launched in 2008 and is the UK’s largest travel magazine, with a circulation of more than 60,000, and has been named Travel Publication of the Year. It’s feature article on the Wild Atlantic Way is certain to
IMAGES of Kinsale and Cork will be beamed into the homes of some 1.5 million Canadians in 2015. A TV crew is filming in Ireland right now for a popular cooking show called Gourmet Escapes, which airs on the Travel + Escape network in Canada. Hosted by celebrity Canadian chef Gerardo D’amore, the premise of Gourmet Escapes is simple – the chef travels to an interesting destination, where he is
by Stephen Johnson CONDÉ Nast Traveler magazine has named Kenmare’s Sheen Falls Lodge as the top resort in Europe. Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards are published annually and this year featured more than one million votes from almost 77,000 readers.
Labour T.D. Michael McCarthy, has welcomed news that Ireland has ranked in the top five countries to visit in 2015 by the Lonely Planet Travel Guide. “The top billing gives a glowing review of Ireland including the Wild Atlantic Way which is described as a scenic drive which easily rivals California’s Pacific Coast Highway and Australia’s Great Ocean Road.
by Colm Power THE former home of West Cork’s “Big Fella” in Clonakilty is set to be converted into a museum dedicated to the life of Michael Collins. The building, located in Emmet’s Square, will tell the life story and struggle for Independence of this national icon. The project is part of the €1m being pumped into urban renewal projects in Clonakilty, with an estimated €500,000 going towards the museum.