Fáilte Ireland is inviting local tourism businesses, tourism and community group members, as well as all other interested parties and individuals to take part in a series of workshops running from 27th – 30th January along the Donegal coast from Muff to Malin Head.
The workshops will concentrate on pulling together stories, ideas, and
opportunities that could be used to boost tourism in the area. The
workshops will take place in four locations; Buncrana, Ballyliffin,
Carndonagh and Redcastle.
The findings from the workshops will feed into a Visitor Experience Development Plan, which will outline ways to improve the benefits of tourism for all communities in the area.
Events and dates:
Date Venue Time
Monday, January 27th Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana 14.00 – 16.00
Tuesday, January 28th Ballyliffin Town House Hotel 18.30 – 20.30
Wednesday, January 29th Colgan Hall, Carndonagh 14.00 – 16.00
Thursday, January 30th Redcastle Hotel, Redcastle 18.30 – 20.30
Anyone wishing to attend the workshops can confirm attendance by emailing Lorna Demmel, Lorna.Demmel@failteireland.ie.
Anyone who cannot attend a workshop but would like to contribute to the discussion can also submit their ideas to David Leonard, David.Leonard@failteireland.ie or phone 086-0266448.
The aim of the Visitor Experience Development Plan is to improve the range and quality of experiences available to our visitors and ultimately enable continued growth in visitor numbers, dwell time and spend, helping to extend the tourism season and spread business across all parts of the area. Similar plans have been developed successfully for the Skellig Coast and the Connemara Coast and Aran islands.
Joan Crawford, Wild Atlantic Way Manager at Fáilte Ireland 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 everyone to these workshops to share their knowledge and ideas.”
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. These experts will explore the region, meeting those in the local communities and sampling the experiences on offer for visitors to formulate a plan that will help the Inishowen Peninsula stand out as a destination on the Wild Atlantic Way.
The deliberations will also involve key stakeholders including the local authorities 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.