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“Always on” consumer sets terms

Tourism has embraced the digital age with great gusto and the changeover has been so immense that the traditional visitor cycle no longer exists, the founder of the Digital Tourism Think Tank, Nick Hall, told the Let’s Talk Tourism forum in Kerry at the weekend. He said the “always on” consumer now sets the terms […]

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Avoid sheep pen herding system

THE importance of tourism to the Irish economy and its role as a major employer was stressed at the Let’s Talk Tourism forum in Killarney by Irish Hotels Industry chief executive Tim Fenn. He said there are 230,000 people with jobs supported by tourism and the positions range from highly qualified managers, accountants, chefs and […]

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Bad roads no longer a deterrent

Ireland’s reputation as a country with sub-standard roads, riddled with giant crater-like potholes, is a thing of the past. Bad roads are no longer a deterrent when it comes to overseas visitors planning a holiday in Ireland, tourism leaders have been told. While 20 per cent of potential visitors surveyed in 2002 indicated that the […]

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Boom returns with longer opening

The boom is back in tourism. There has been a major recovery in the domestic market and the end result is that more people are enjoying breaks and hotels have to remain open later in the season to cope with demand. John Brennan of the Park Hotel in Kenmare told the Let’s Talk Tourism conference […]

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Ireland in danger of being left behind

VETERAN tourism commentator Eoghan Corry has insisted Ireland mishandled the recession just like it mishandled the boom. “We should have been more outward and more forward looking. We should have been out there looking at how to compete,” he said. Mr Corry told the Let’s Talk Tourism conference in Killarney that while tourism was performing […]

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Killarney jarveys brush up on Cantonese

A Chinese takeaway with a difference is on the menu and it is certainly whetting the appetite of the tourism industry. Tens of thousands of big-spending visitors from China are expected to flock here in unprecedented numbers in the coming years and the huge influx has the potential to revolutionise the hotel and hospitality industry. […]

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Planning a roadblock to progress

  NEW tourism projects with the potential to attract thousands of extra visitors can only progress in a timely manner if “roadblocks” like lengthy delays in the planning system are removed. Travel commentator Eoghan Corry insists that Ireland’s “convoluted planning process” needs to be addressed if new greenways, walkways and cycle paths are to be […]

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Seasonality still a big issue

NOT every place in the country is experiencing the same gains from tourism but a more united approach could see greater benefits being shared, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Fiona Monaghan, told the Let’s Talk Tourism forum in Killarney. She said there are even still some areas in Kerry where the season […]

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Yes, we have no bananas

The man spearheading Ireland’s most successful tourist attraction has banned the word ‘No’ in his workplace. Guinness Storehouse managing director, Paul Carty, said the answer in tourism must always be ‘Yes’ and a positive attitude is required at all times. “If you are asked if you have bananas, even if you don’t, your answer should […]

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Staff ‘churning’ not unique to Ireland

WHILE employment levels are on the rise with over two million people at work in Ireland, there are still hundreds of thousands of people that don’t work, for a variety of reasons, but they have a big contribution to make and it offers great potential to the tourism trade. That was the message delivered to […]

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