THE new Aer Lingus service between Cork and Düsseldorf is now underway with the official launch taking place at Cork Airport. The German Ambassador to Ireland H.E Matthias Höpfner officially launched the new service and was one of the first passengers to fly to Düsseldorf. He was joined by a delegation of Cork representatives which included Lord Mayor of Cork, Chris O’Leary and Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr
THE Heineken Kinsale 7s takes place in Kinsale over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 30th April & 1st May and is always a popular festival for players and supporters with thousands of visitors expected in the seaside town. Now in its 28th year, the Heineken Kinsale 7s is Ireland’s largest rugby 7s tournament and builds on its success each year. It promises to be an action-packed weekend of competitive men
County Mayor says it’s “insulting to the people of Cork” as US congressmen attempt to block Cork – Boston flights
THE Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea has outlined his disappointment and wholeheartedly rejects a proposed US Bill which is to be put forward by four US Representatives to block the first US Flights to Cork from Boston by Norwegian Air International.
Promotion Beara, the new tourism initiative aiming to promote the entire Beara Peninsula as a premier tourism destination, will be holding an information evening in the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere on Tuesday May 3rd at 8pm.
IRELAND South MEP and member of the EU Transport Committee Deirdre Clune has met with CEO of Norwegian Airlines Bjørn Kjos in Brussels to discuss transatlantic flights from Cork to the US.
A GROUP of international media including representatives from Germany and Belgium are pictured with Jane Stokes, Fáilte Ireland, at Sheep’s Head enjoying all that the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.
Clune calls on Tourism Ireland to launch a significant marketing campaign in Boston in advance of new transatlantic flights from Cork
For every 1000 extra tourists that visit Cork – 18 direct jobs are created in Tourism related industries – according to Failte Ireland.
PROMOTION Beara, the new tourism initiative aiming to promote the entire Beara Peninsula as a premier tourism destination, will be holding an information evening in the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere on Tuesday, May 3rd at 8pm.
TOURISM buyers from across the globe are enjoying fact-finding tours around the country in the run up to Meitheal, Ireland’s largest tourism trade fair. The event, which is taking place in Dublin on 11th and 12th April is organised by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland,
THE Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe have announced plans to create 50,000 new jobs in tourism and increase the number of visitors to €10 million a year. They outlined a new €100 million capital injection for the Wild Atlantic Way, and a nationwide greenways network as part of the plan.
THE installation of several Wild Atlantic Way “photo point” markers at various scenic locations along the West Cork coastline has been met with consternation from many tourism operators and local residents. The right-angled metal markers are designed to literally frame scenic photos at the various discovery points along the route and are accompanied by sturdy all-weather interpretive panels that give local and historical information as well as a local map.
IT may not come as a great surprise to locals, but popular travel website Tripadvisor has named Inchydoney near Clonakilty as Ireland’s best beach for the third year in a row.
CORK County Council has announced that applications for funding are now being sought under the Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora. The initiative, launched in 2014, builds on the community involvement legacy of The Gathering 2013 and is a joint partnership between Cork County Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland.
CORK’S Lord Mayor, Cllr Chris O’Leary, officially opened the Commemoration Centre at St Peter’s Church on North Main Street in Cork city recently. One of the city centre’s most iconic and historic buildings, the Commemoration Centre will host a wide range of exhibitions and cultural events during 2016 to mark Cork City Council’s Centenary Programme, celebrating 100 years since the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
A WEST Cork Councillor, and former Mayor of County Cork – Cllr Alan Coleman (Independent) – is calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to clarify what his office is doing to progress the proposed Cork-Boston direct transatlantic flight route.
THE Irish Heart Foundation in conjunction with Cork Sports Partnership and HSE Health Promotion will run a Community Walking Leader Training Course, February 27th-28th in the West Lodge Hotel, Bantry. The training is primarily aimed at those wishing to lead a local walking group or promote walking in their community or workplace. The course comprises of a weekend of training and a follow up four-week leader task to try out
DAVITT’S Restaurant & Bar in Kenmare has won a prestigious CIE Tours International Award of Excellence for 2015 for its lunches. The CIE Tours awards, which are in their 26th year, were announced at a ceremony in Dublin Castle recently.
CORK Southwest Fine Gael TD Jim Daly says he remains confident that “intense diplomatic pressure” is the only way to ensure that the proposed Cork Boston Air route by Norwegian Airlines can succeed this year.
GROWING Tourism in Cork – A Collective Strategy, an ambitious new tourism strategy for Cork was launched at the Cork International Airport recently and intends to make Cork a “must see” destination in Ireland for domestic and international visitors.
SCENES from a major Belgian thriller called Broer (meaning ‘Brother’) were premiered in Bantry House recently. Starring Alison Doody, the film was shot on location in Bantry and West Cork during 2015 and went on release in Belgium on 20th January.
THE Minister for Tourism Michael Ring has announced that €50,000 has been allocated for the West Cork Chamber Music and Literary Festivals in 2016. This is part of Fáilte Ireland‘s national funding of just over €1.8 million for 23 key national festivals and events.
MEMBERS of Cork County Council recently adopted Draft Trails for Tourism, a policy to maximise the economic benefit to the County which was drafted by members of the Tourism Strategic Policy Committee. Through the promotion of trails, the policy aims to support rural regeneration, economic development and tourism in a sustainable manner. The policy supports the linking of trails with existing attractions (heritage, historic, commemorative) with a focus on achieving
THE Cork Convention Bureau (CCB) hosted the second annual #CorkNeedsYou Cork Conference Ambassadors Awards at the Vienna Woods Hotel recently. The prestigious ceremony paid special tribute to six category winning ambassadors who have helped secure in excess of €10 million for the local economy over the past 12 months and who were instrumental in bringing more than 13,000 delegates to Cork in the past year, 7,000 of whom were international
FAILTE Ireland has honoured Clonakilty for the town’s impressive performance in reaching out to visitors and creating the best possible tourism experience at the fourth annual Tourism Towns Awards which took place in The Morrison Hotel, in Dublin recently.
THE picturesque West Cork village of Eyeries has been selected to feature on posters and adverts in Tourism Ireland’s latest UK advertising campaign highlighting the Wild Atlantic Way. Tourism Ireland in Britain is partnering with Aer Lingus this month, to promote flights to Cork Airport and the adverts are highlighting the “colourful towns, lush landscapes, deserted beaches and jutting peninsulas” of County Cork and Cork city “known as Ireland’s culinary
CORK County Council has confirmed that it has committed a sum of €100,000 to support a cooperative marketing programme with Cork Airport aimed at maximising the opportunity for inbound tourism arising from the ongoing route developments at the airport.
TOURISM Ireland teamed up with Samsung Germany, to bring a group of leading German Instagrammers to West Cork recently. The Instagrammers, all specialists in landscape photography, have been visiting West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way – capturing lots of great photos and then posting them to their Instagram accounts, which collectively have more than 440,000 followers.
KITTY Hennessy, Accommodation Manager at the Fernhill House Hotel and Gardens, Clonakilty has been named Ireland’s “Front of House Team Member of the Year” at the Keelings Gold Medal Awards. More than 460 professionals from the hospitality industry were in attendance at the awards that took place at the Crown Plaza Northwood, Santry in Dublin and were hosted by Colette Fitzpatrick.
The Head Concierge at Corus Hotel Hyde Park tells us why London should be top of your list if you’re planning a holiday, and shares his tips for how to make the most of the city. He says: “London really is the perfect place to visit for a city break. It’s not so big as to be completely overwhelming for a first time visit, yet there is so much
FOUR journalists from Canada have been touring around the South West and part of the Wild Atlantic Way, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Aer Lingus. Following the coast from the Ring of Kerry to Kinsale, their visit combined historic sites with spectacular scenery and some delicious local food.