Fáilte Ireland 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 by Fáilte Ireland 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 - a Visitor Experience Development Plan - which will outline ways to improve the benefits of tourism for all of the communities along the peninsula.
This Visitor Experience Development Plan will 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 peninsula. 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 Kerry County Council, 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.
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.
Events and dates:
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]
or calling 086 303 0991. Anyone who can’t attend a meeting but would like to make a contribution to the discussion, can phone or submit their ideas at http://wordhoard.ie/dingle-peninsula-vedp-ideas.
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.