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.
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
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
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.
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 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. “
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.
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
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
FÁILTE Ireland recently met members of the West Cork tourism industry in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarberry part of a series of Fáilte Ireland briefings, with a focus on the Wild Atlantic Way. The briefing was followed by a number of workshops that took place along the Wild Atlantic Way route for members of the trade.
MORE than 200 attendees from varied tourism backgrounds with a common interest in the development of tourism in West Cork attended a networking evening hosted by the newly formed Tourism West Cork Steering Group at Bantry’s Maritime Hotel recently.
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
Labour TD Michael McCarthy has welcomed the publication of official data from the CSO on overseas travel showing that 2014 was another remarkable year for Irish tourism. There were a total of 7,604,400 visits to Ireland, with an increase of 8.9% in overseas visitors.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
THE latest official data on visitor travel from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has showed a 9.4% increase in overseas visits to Ireland for the first wight months of 2014, compared to the same period of 2013.
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
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
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
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.
THE Fernhill House Hotel and Gardens in Clonakilty has recently been awarded four star status by Failte Ireland. General Manager, Teresa O’Neill said, “We decided to go for our fourth star as we have been winning numerous awards recently including a tripadvisor traveller choice award which less than 1% of hotels in the world win.
THE latest figures from the CSO show a 10.3% rise in overseas tourists in the first six months of 2014, compared to the same period last year, accounting for 324,000 extra people visiting towns and cities across the country.
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.
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.
According to the latest CSO figures the total number of trips to Ireland increased by 12.3% to 2,126,600 – an overall increase of 233,600 compared with figures from April to June 2013.