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Tourism chiefs come to Galway

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Charlie Troy and Dearbhaill Staundún (left) from Cnoc Suain hosting members of the board of Tourism Ireland at their Spiddal retreat centre last week, pictured with (from left) Galway City Council CEO Brendan McGrath; Chris Kelly of Trad on the Prom; Galway County Council CEO Kevin Kelly; Brian Ambrose, Chairman of Tourism Ireland; Kathleen McDonagh, Go West; Patrick O’Flaherty, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel; Joan O’Shaughnessy, Vice Chairman of Tourism Ireland; Zôe Fitzgerald, Renvyle House Hotel; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; and Fergus O’Halloran, The Twelve Hotel.

The Twelve Hotel in Barna was the venue for the May board meeting of Tourism Ireland.

And while here, board members took the opportunity to meet with local tourism operators prior to the meeting, to discuss the tourism season and the extensive promotional programme which Tourism Ireland is undertaking to highlight Galway, the West of Ireland and the island of Ireland around the world this year.

Speaking after the board meeting, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We were delighted to be in Galway for this month’s board meeting and to have the chance to meet with representatives of the tourism industry from the West of Ireland and to hear directly how their business is doing.

“It also afforded us the opportunity to discuss the extensive promotional programme which Tourism Ireland is undertaking around the world this year, to build on the success of 2015 and continue to grow overseas visitor numbers to the West of Ireland.

“Priority markets are Great Britain, the United States, Germany and France, but our promotions are also continuing in other key markets across the world – including Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Australia and New Zealand, as well as new and emerging markets like China and India.”

Galway city and county, its events, heritage and visitor attractions, as well as many other aspects of this part of Ireland, feature prominently in Tourism Ireland’s promotions around the world. Tourism Ireland profiles Galway extensively on its global suite of websites, Ireland.com, which which attracted about 16.5 million unique visitors in 2015.

Galway is also highlighted through Tourism Ireland’s social media platforms – to its 3.4+ million active Facebook fans and 324,000+ followers on Twitter.

In 2015, Tourism Ireland helped generate about €55.6 million worth of positive publicity for Galway in key markets around the world, through press releases, press visits, e-newsletters and various media events.

Tourism Ireland’s activity also includes co-operative promotions to highlight ease of access to Ireland West Airport Knock e.g. with Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Flybe to promote their services to IWAK.

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Over half of west’s adults have no will

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Almost six out of every ten people in the west do not have a will – and that’s in line with the national average of 59%.

And according to the Royal London’s “Let’s Talk About Death” survey, one-third of the population say they’ve been meaning to, but just haven’t gotten around to it.

The survey was undertaken as part of a campaign launched by Royal London, which aims to tackle the taboo surrounding death to encourage a vital dialogue on bereavement, to help people enjoy the time they have with those they love and to honour those lost.

Padraic Benson, Royal London’s Broker Consultant for Galway, acknowledged that it was understandable why many people are reluctant to discuss the topic of death and dying.

But he added: “this survey indicates that it’s hampering the necessary provisions to be made. While men appear to be slightly more prepared than their female counterparts, with 48% saying they have a will compared with just 34% of women, it still leaves over half the population unprepared.”

But the pandemic has helped to focus the minds of many, he said.

“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 254,870 recorded cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, with 10,511 confirmed cases in Galway alone.  And when asked, 55% of people surveyed said Covid-19 had made them realise how important it is to have a will in place,” he revealed.

“While the survey results do show that most people have a sense of when they should make a will, it seems the majority aren’t following through with the necessary actions. Many people have the best of intentions, with 34% saying they’ve been meaning to get around to it. Others believe they are too young (25%) and many more, 23%, have just never thought about it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Council has no cash for tourism sector dig-out

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Cllr Evelyn Parsons

Hopes of a post-Covid helping hand for tourism interests in East Galway has been dashed by the local authority which said that any such leg-up could only be part of the budgetary process for later in the year.

The matter was raised by Cllr Evelyn Parsons at a recent meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council when she said that the east of the county needed to reap the economic benefits from the lifting of restrictions.

Cllr Parsons asked that a presentation be made to area Council members with a specific focus on works to develop, enhance and stimulate tourism growth for the area.

The independent councillor proposed that Director of Services Alan Farrell outline details of the various outdoor spaces and potential business opportunities to allow for the successful reopening of businesses, outdoor dining, drinking, retail, hospitality and outdoor entertainment as soon as possible.

Cllr Parsons also wants Director of Services Liam Hanrahan to consider short term and immediate measures with regards to sanitary and public needs should as portaloos, bins, benches, Covid-19 signage as well as outdoor power points.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Transport key to success for west

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Ibec’s Helen Leahy....recommendations.

A world-class transport infrastructure is critical to the west achieving its economic potential, according to the umbrella group for the Irish business sector.

Ibec has again reiterated its shopping list for the West region, which it outlined in its recent NDP submission.

It wants to see the state step up to progress a host of key road projects – including the N6 Galway City Ring Road, and the Atlantic Economic Corridor from Galway northwards by completing the M17 Tuam to Sligo and N15 Sligo to Letterkenny.

It has also called for the implementation of the Galway Transport Strategy to deliver vital public transport across metropolitan Galway – and investment in future Port of Galway developments and expansion, including the facilitation of offshore renewable energy projects.

And in more general terms, across the region, Ibec has called for an increase capital investment in the further and higher education sector and establish a Technological University in the region, and the acceleration of the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan and ensure a supportive regulatory environment for the successful roll-out of 5G.

The body also wants to see town centres revitalized, to ensure their future viability and underpin recovery across the region.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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