Wexford's night appeal in focus for purple flag
Published 25/05/2016 | 00:00
Wexford's night time attractions are coming under the spotlight as part of a growing Purple Flag initiative.
The Purple Flag programme for excellence in the evening and night-time economy (ENTE) has established itself in Ireland, and following successful applications by Dublin and Ennis in 2013, the total number of flag holders has since risen to 18.
A new group of five applicant towns - Wexford is one of them - are now striving for this international accreditation, which is the 'gold standard' for ENTE destinations. Like Blue Flag for beaches, places that meet the stringent criteria can proudly fly the flag.
Chief Executive of Wexford Chamber Madeleine Quirke said all sectors were working to see the flag raised in the town.
'Wexford Chamber and Wexford County Council are working very closely across all sectors, agencies, policy makers and the ENTE operators to build and develop our own Purple Flag.
'Our efforts will culminate in Wexford being accredited and recognised for the delivery of an attractive and vibrant night time offering to locals and visitors alike,' said said.
As part of the Purple Flag Academy programme, the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) recently held a hands-on conference and night-walk in Waterford. This event saw over 20 key stakeholders from new applicant towns and cities including Dublin, Maynooth, Limerick, Tralee and Wexford learning from the experience of the Waterford team.
ATCM is a not-for profit, mutual organisation that focusses on the creation, development, and management of vibrant and viable town and city centres.