by Stephen Johnson Concerned that Kenmare is “losing our share” of the tourism business and being “left behind” competitors like Dingle and Kinsale, the town’s business community has launched a new Marketing & Events initiative.
by Stephen Johnson The Kenmare Lace Festival has won the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) award as the “Best Innovative Gathering” event. The award recognises the lasting legacy created by community initiatives around the country during the Year of the Gathering. The award carries with it a €2,000 bursary to be used to host a future Lace Festival.
MINISTER of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD has promised visitors the “journey of a lifetime” as he officially launched the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first long-distance touring route. Fáilte Ireland is investing €10 million during 2014 in the route which stretches from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in West Cork and already the new attraction is garnering significant interest overseas.
NEW research from the Irish Hotels Federation indicates that 70% of its members are expecting to recruit extra staff in 2014, while 83% report to be trading profitably.
by Stephen Johnson The Kenmare Chamber of Commerce is calling on Minister for Transport and Tourism Leo Varadkar to support retain the state-funded Public Service Obligation (PSO) on the Kerry to Dublin flight service.
NEW CSO figures show that overseas visitor numbers to Ireland increased by almost 10% in October to December 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. West Cork Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “The CSO figures released today are clear evidence that 2013 was a year of solid achievement for the tourism industry. Ireland did a hard-sell on tourism last year, with a concerted effort to promote the country at
FOURTEEN tourism enterprises from Ireland – including Wanderlust Glengarriff – travelled to Stuttgart, to join Tourism Ireland for this year’s CMT (Caravan, Motor & Tourism Fair). At the fair, the busy Tourism Ireland stand took first prize for best stand – beating off stiff competition from 2,000 other exhibitors.
FIGURES released by the CSO reveal that the number of domestic holidays grew by over 2% in the first nine months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012. Spending on domestic holidays also increased by 7.6% in the first nine months.
MACROOM’S Castle Hotel in Macroom beat off stiff competition and was voted number five within the Top 25 Hotels in Ireland by Trip Advisor this week, in its annual Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. The hotel is no stranger to awards and last year was presented with ‘The Best Hotel Carvery in Munster’, ‘Best Customer Service’ by The Restaurant Association of Ireland and received two 2013 Trip Advisor Awards.
IN a category with growing competition, the Quality Hotel & Leisure Club continues to put Clonakilty and West Cork on the map as an outstanding property, particularly for families. For the second year running, Tripadvisor have announced that the hotel is one of the top 10 hotels for families in Ireland in their Traveller Choice Awards for 2014.