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 9th – 16th April along the Mayo coast.
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 six locations; from Ballycroy to Delphi Valley including Achill Island and the Currane Peninsula, Mulranny, Newport, Westport, Murrisk, Louisburgh, Clare Island and Inishturk.
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:
Tuesday, April 9th - The Beehive, Keel, Achill Island 16.30 – 18.30
Thursday, April 11th - Nevins Newfield Inn, Tiernaur 13.30 – 15.30
Friday, April 12th - Castlecourt Hotel, Westport 14.30 – 16.30
Monday, April 15th - The Derrylahan, Louisburgh 18.30 – 20.30
Tuesday, April 16th - Clare Island Community Centre, Clare Island 10.30 – 12.00
Tuesday, April 16th - Inishturk Community Club, Inishturk 14.45 – 16.15
Anyone wishing to attend the workshops can confirm attendance by emailing Jackie.Burns@failteireland.ie. Anyone who cannot attend a workshop but would like to contribute to the discussion can also submit their ideas to Fionnán Nestor, email@example.com or 086-0481877.
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.
Miriam Kennedy, 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 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 Clew Bay area 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.