Fáilte Ireland is looking for 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 to take part in a series of workshops running from 12th-20th February across an area that takes 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. They will take place during a week in which external consultants appointed by Fáilte Ireland will explore the region, meeting people, sampling experiences, and assessing ways to make it stand out as a particularly appealing destination on the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Visitor Experience Development plan for the three heads will involve not just these external consultants, but also local authorities and the widest possible range of local tourism stakeholders. It forms part of a bigger process which is seeking to increase visitor numbers to 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 our visitors.
Drawing on Local Views
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 region.
Have Your Say at a VEDP Workshop
All are welcome to attend workshops at the following times and locations:
Monday, 12 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.
If you wish to attend any of the workshops, 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 here!