Fanad Visitor Centre Opens

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin and Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh officially opened a new visitor reception centre at Fanad Lighthouse in Donegal.


 Overlooking Malin Head, Fanad Lighthouse offers visitors breath-taking views and a truly memorable experience. Identified as a Signature Discovery Point along the Wild Atlantic Way, the refurbished lighthouse opened to the public in 2015. Alongside funding from the Special EU Programmes Body, Irish Lights, Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta, Fáilte Ireland invested €470k in the development of a new visitor centre and car park. The new reception centre is also home to a permanent exhibition to highlight the stories of Fanad Head.
Speaking today ahead of the opening, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin said:
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Smoking Ban for outdoor food areas

The Government is to extend the ban on smoking where food is served to include outdoor areas.
Minister for Health Simon Harris is to  issue directions via a statutory instrument to address the gap in current legislation.
Mr Harris is to ask for Cabinet approval at to-day'smeeting to accept the proposal.
Ireland has set a target of being tobacco free by 2025. Currently smoking is prohibited in the workplace as well as restaurants, bars, education facilities and public transport.
The ban was recently extended to smoking in cars where young children are present.

Ireland ready for China Blitz

Tourism Ireland, together with 24 tourism companies from the island of Ireland, is preparing to blitz four major cities in China next month, 
china0418The sales mission – which takes place 7-12 May – will target top Chinese travel agents and tour operators, through a busy programme of 

workshops, presentations and networking events in the key cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. 

Travel agents continue to play an important role in China, with travellers preferring to use a travel agent for a number of reasons, including convenience, language barriers, visa preparation and knowledge gaps. The objective of the upcoming sales mission is to engage with Chinese travel professionals who are currently selling the island of Ireland, or who have strong potential to sell the destination – and to encourage them to extend their Ireland offering, or to include Ireland for the first time, in their brochures and programmes.

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