Fáilte Ireland is inviting local input as it works to develop a “Visitor Experience Development Plan” for the area from Kenmare to Ballydehob
Local tourism businesses, tourism and community group members, as well as all other interested parties and individuals, are invited by Fáilte Ireland to take part in a series of workshops running from 11th-20th February across the Three Heads Region taking in the Beara, Sheep’s Head and Mizen peninsulas as well as Dursey, Bere, Garnish, Whiddy and Long islands.
The workshops will concentrate on pulling together stories, ideas, and opportunities that could be used to boost tourism in the area. The findings from the workshops will feed into a plan - a Visitor Experience Development Plan - which will outline ways to improve the benefits of tourism for all of the communities in the area.
The Visitor Experience Development Plan will ultimately encourage continued growth in visitor numbers, dwell time and spend, helping to extend the tourism season and spread business across all parts of the region. Similar plans have been developed successfully for the Skellig Coast and for the Burren and Cliffs of Moher, as well as for Connemara and the Aran islands.
Miriam Kennedy, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way, explained:
“Local consultation and input is essential if we are going to produce a plan that works for the visitor and for the local economy. We look forward to welcoming people to our workshops and drop in sessions to hear the ideas they have to offer and we would encourage as many interested parties as possible to attend.”
The development of the plan will be assisted by external experts appointed by Fáilte Ireland who will bring the benefit of their international experience to the process. The deliberations will also involve local authorities and the widest possible range of local tourism stakeholders. Everyone with ideas and knowledge to share is welcome to the planned workshops.
Events and dates:
Monday, 11th February
4-6pm: Grove House, Schull.
Wednesday, 14 February
4pm-6pm: The Old Creamery, Kilcrohane.
Thursday, 15 February
7-9pm: Garnish Room, Maritime Hotel, Bantry.
Friday, 16 February
3-5pm: Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff.
Monday, 19 February
11am-12pm: Caha Centre, Adrigole;
12:30-1:30pm: Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere
7:30-8:30pm: Anam Cara, Eyeries.
Tuesday 20 February
7-9pm: Brook Lane Hotel, Kenmare.
The Visitor Experience Development Plan forms part of a bigger process that is seeking to increase visitor numbers on the Wild Atlantic Way with a particular focus on increasing the time and money they spend in areas that have capacity for growth.