Fáilte Ireland is looking for local input as it works to develop a “Visitor Experience Development Plan” for the Dingle Peninsula
Local tourism businesses, tourism and community group members, as well as all other interested parties and individuals, are invited to take part in a series of workshops running from 7th-8th February across the Dingle Peninsula. 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 which will outline ways to improve the benefits of tourism for all of the communities along the peninsula.
Consulting the Community
The development of the plan will involve external consultants appointed by Fáilte Ireland who will bring the benefit of their international experience to the process, it will also involve local authorities, Údurás na Gaeltachta, and the widest possible range of local tourism stakeholders. Everyone with ideas and knowledge to share is welcome to the planned workshops.
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. The project is also seeking out ideas that will improve the range and quality of experiences available to visitors.
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, the new Head of the Wild Atlantic Way explains, ‘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.’
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 peninsula.
An industry workshop will take place on Wednesday 7th February and be repeated the next day. A series of drop-in sessions will also take place across the peninsula. All are welcome to attend these sessions and contribute to the development of the Visitor Experience Development Plan.
Wednesday, 7th February
10am-12pm: Nano Nagle Room, An Díseart, Dingle [Industry Workshop A]
2-4pm: Nano Nagle Room, An Díseart, Dingle [Drop-In Session A]
2-4pm: Club Rooms, Castlegregory [Drop-In Session B]
Thursday, 8th February
10:30am-12:30pm: Halla Le Chéile, Cloghane [Industry Workshop B]
2:30-4:30pm: Áras Bhréanainn Chorca Dhuibhne, Ballyferriter [Drop-in Session C]
2:30-4:30pm: South Pole Inn, Annascaul [Drop-in Session D]
If you wish to attend any of the industry workshops or ‘drop-ins’, please confirm your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 086 303 0991. If you can’t attend a meeting but would like to make a contribution to the discussion, you can phone or submit your ideas at http://wordhoard.ie/dingle-peninsula-vedp-ideas.