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Tourism Ireland launches worldwide promotional video for Skellig Michael

by Stephen Johnson TOURISM Ireland is predicting that the appearance of Skellig Michael in Star Wars: the Force Awakens will attract a whole new set of visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and they’ve launched a marketing video to prove the real-life island is just as fantastic as it appears in the film. The video speaks with the film’s producers about the perfection of the island as a Star

Eyeries features in UK advertising campaign

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

Two million Canadians to read about West Cork

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.

Businesses asked for input on future of tourism in Sheep’s Head

THE award-winning Sheep’s Head & Bantry Tourism Co-operative is inviting businesses along the Sheep’s Head Way to attend its AGM at the Philip Green Centre in Durrus on September 28th to help build plans for the area’s future. The non-profit tourism co-op has been successfully promoting the area around the walking route since it was launched in September 2013, and its work has been recognised as outstanding at the Irish

Former mayor calls on government to take action to lengthen tourist season

FORMER County Mayor, Cllr Alan Coleman has called on the Minister for Education to make September 1st the standard day for schools to return . Coleman, an independent candidate in the upcoming general election feels ” that a growing trend has emerged in recent years where schools are returning earlier in August and this is hampering Tourism in Ireland. “

2015 already on track to break tourism record

THE latest official data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on overseas travel show that 2015 is already set to become a record breaking year for Irish tourism. Overseas numbers are up over 14% between January and March 2015, meaning an extra 189,000 visitors.

Exploring the Three Heads of West Cork on the Wild Atlantic Way

THE Three Heads Tourism Development Association is a new grouping of West Cork Community Groups, Tourist Associations and individuals from the three West Cork peninsulas of Mizen, Sheep’s Head and the Beara Peninsula, who have come together to develop the potential of The Three Heads of West Cork as a destination on the Wild Atlantic Way. Speaking about the formation of the new association, Chairman Dr Denis Cotter said, “I

CSO figures show the only way is up for tourism and the economy says TD

OVERSEAS visitors to Ireland spent €3.5 billion in 2014 and this positive trend is set to continue for 2015 according to Deputy Michael McCarthy. “The CSO Quarterly National Household Survey published today shows that 2014 was an excellent year for Irish tourism with the number of overseas visits between November 2014 and January 2015 increasing by 9.1pc.  According to the report, visitors from Britain, North America and Mainland Europe all

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

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.

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

Survey reveals best performing tourism websites in West Cork

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.

Big turn out for innaugural Tourism Assembly

by Colm Power THERE was a big turnout recently at the West Cork Hotel which hosted the first gathering of the West Cork Tourism Assembly. At least 125 tourism leaders and interested parties were in attendance, including Ian Dempsey from the west Cork Development Partnership; Siobhán Burke, Marketing co-ordinator for the Sheep’s Head and Bantry Tourism Co-Operative and Finbarr Harrington chair of the Cork Community & Voluntary Forum.

British tour operators give West Cork the thumbs up

TOURISM Ireland invited 20 top British coach and group tour operators on a fact-finding visit of West Cork recently in advance of attending a B2B workshop with Irish tourism enterprises in the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork. The event was organised in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, to encourage the visiting tour operators to extend the Ireland content of their existing programmes or to include Ireland for the first time in

Channel 4’s Phil Spencer promotes the Wild Atlantic Way with Tourism Ireland

TOURISM Ireland has teamed up with Phil Spencer, co-presenter of the hit Channel 4 TV series Location Location Location, and Classic FM, one of Britain’s largest radio stations, in a novel promotion to showcase the Wild Atlantic Way as the ideal ‘location’ to British holidaymakers this autumn. As part of its autumn campaign in Britain, Tourism Ireland has been working with Classic FM and Phil Spencer to produce four online

Top Scandinavian travel blogger visits West Cork

HUNDREDS of thousands of people in Scandinavia, and elsewhere around the world, will be reading all about West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way, following a visit by Finnish travel blogger Satu Vänskä-Westgarth. Satu is taking on the “challenge of her lifetime” – cycling the entire Wild Atlantic Way, or some 2,500 kms along Ireland’s western seaboard over a five-week period.T

Overseas visitor numbers up by 10%

LABOUR TD, Michael McCarthy, has welcomed the latest CSO figures which show that the total number of trips to Ireland increased by almost 10% in the first half of the year. “Overall the total number of trips to Ireland increased by 9.9% between January and July, when compared to the same period in 2013.

West Cork offers exceptional value – survey finds

News that West Cork has topped a new Fáilte Ireland value for money poll is further proof of the region’s ability to offer a world-class experience at an affordable price.   Based on research from almost 10,000 visitors, the Holidaymaker Study 2013 reports that West Cork holidaymakers found the area offers ‘exceptional value for money’ when eating out, as well as scoring its accommodation highly.

Call for extension of Wild Atlantic Way to include the coastal route from Clonakilty to Timoleague

CORK County Council has backed a motion calling for the route of the Wild Atlantic Way to be extended to include the coastal route from Clonakilty to Timoleague. Asking for support for the motion from Council colleagues, Sinn Fein councillor Paul Hayes highlighted the fact that the route currently bypasses this headland “of incredible natural beauty” where active communities work hard to promote the area.