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Tourism is changing – small tourism providers warned to get online

FOLLOWING her first meeting as a full member of the European Parliaments Tourism Taskforce Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has cautioned those in the tourist trade not to ignore the fact that the tourism market has gone digital, “Fáilte Ireland research shows that over 73% of holidaymakers to Ireland use the internet for planning a holiday here. What is more interesting is how they are using the internet. According to

TD wants Top Gear show to drive the Wild Atlantic Way

WEST Cork Labour TD Michael McCarthy has invited the BBC’s motoring show Top Gear to tour the Wild Atlantic Way and “experience the untamed South Western coastline of Ireland”. The TD has written to the shows producers inviting them to tour what he called “this captivating coastal route” as part of their programme.

West Cork festival is a critical part of our tourism plan

IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune has met with organisers of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry. The festival received €40,000 in government funding under the National Festivals and Events Programme which was announced by Minister Ring before Christmas. Speaking from Bantry, MEP Clune spoke of the importance of developing local festivals for our national tourism offering.

Action needed on Cork Airport – TD

WEST Cork TD Michael McCarthy has called for urgent action to be taken to protect and promote Cork airport. At a meeting of the Dáil Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy McCarthy directly raised Cork Airport with the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donoghue pointing out the critical issues currently facing the airport most notably declining passenger numbers, lost routes and the now urgent need to restart the Cork to

European Directive has the potential to hurt small scale tourism

IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune has vowed to fight to change the Package Travel Directive that is due to come back before the European Parliament shortly. MEP Clune feels that the directive will add a layer of red tape and cost to small tourism providers in Ireland and will hinder the efforts to cross promote tourism interests on the Wild Atlantic Way. Following meetings with the Department of Transport and

Fáilte Ireland workshop in Bantry

A Fáilte Ireland workshop this Thursday, January 22nd will introduce tourism providers to the processes involved in registering Fáilte Ireland accommodation. It will also cover the new strategies being used to market the accommodation sector to Ireland’s visitors.

Loop Head Lessons To Be Shared at West Cork ‘Meet & Greet’

Loop Head peninsula and Failte Ireland will be heading to Bantry on January 28th as Cillian Murphy of the hugely successful Loop Head Tourism group and Josephine O’Driscoll of Failte Ireland share their insights with West Cork tourism businesses. Cillian Murphy is the chairperson of Loop Head Tourism, a grassroots organisation that has revitalised tourism on the Co. Clare peninsula. In 2013, the Loop Head peninsula was named as the Irish

Eyeries stars in Tourism Ireland’s UK campaign reaching 1.2 million people

TOURISM Ireland kicks off its promotional drive for 2015 this week – with an end-of-year campaign which includes ‘wrapping’ the Daily Telegraph with images of Ireland, including a wonderful image of the picturesque village of Eyeries in West Cork. The wrap was seen by more than 1.2 million ‘culturally curious’ readers, or potential holidaymakers for Ireland, across Britain.