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Six-year blueprint for city tourism

Denise McNamara

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A six-year blueprint for tourism has recommended a master brand be created for the whole of Galway to help it capitalise on its status as the only city on the entire Wild Atlantic Way.

The Tourism Sustainability Strategy 2015-2021 has outlined the need to help the sector develop new products to enhance the tourist experience and extend the tourist season.

It also has recommended there be “continuous innovation” for festival formats, themes and focus to further develop Galway’s reputation as the capital of festivals.

The Tourism Sustainability Strategy relies heavily on a study carried out by the Whitaker Institute in NUIG commissioned by Galway City and County Councils into the industry.

The study highlighted some key facts about the region. One sixth of domestic trips were to the West of Ireland with an average length of stay by Irish residents of 3.3 nights, which is the second longest after the south west; an average of €317 is generated per visitor to the West, the third highest revenue in the State.

Galway accounted for nearly 16% of total overseas visitors to Ireland last year, with Galway’s inbound overseas visitors increasing at a higher rate than nationally between 2013 and 2014.

The research found that €148 million was generated in Galway from domestic tourists in 2013. The revenue from overseas visitors was €253 million in 2012.

The specific actions contained in the plan include establishing a destination management organisation for Galway city and county, similar to the one set up in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, which is now the second most visited tourist attraction on the island. Another is to create a Wild Atlantic Way Action plan, given that Galway City is the only city location on the Wild Atlantic Way, as well as being a key mid-point on the route.

“This gives Galway City the competitive advantage to become the key hub of the WAW for transport, accommodation and other resources.”

Among the priorities set out in the plan is the creation of cultural trails using the region’s cultural assets, such as heritage sites. The trails could be combined with the food, creative and agricultural sectors to create unique and authentic experiences for domestic and overseas tourists.

“Marketing and branding of Galway in a systematic way through traditional and new media is essential to supporting the sector in national and international markets. This could be done through a master brand for Galway,” the plan states.

The strategy underlines the need to refine the Galway tourist experience with changes to the profile of tourists, their demands, preferences and lengths of stay.

The Galway tourist profile has been broken down to three groups. Culturally Curious are typically 55 years old, taking a holiday with their partner and out to broaden their minds by exploring new landscapes, history and culture; Great Escapers tend to be around 30, often couples, some with young children, interested in rural holidays who want a break to reconnect with their partner and nature; Social Energisers are young couples and adult groups looking for excitement, new experiences, and a fun, social holiday somewhere different.

The strategy was adopted by councillors at a meeting of Galway City Council.

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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