Monday 22 January 2018

Huge potential of tourism in South Wexford

By david looby

A tourism seminar, held in the Brandon House Hotel on Wednesday, was very well attended by tourism business operators and members of South West Wexford's hotel, restaurant and retail scene.

The tourism seminar addressed a number of areas of growth in the New Ross and Hook peninsula areas to be targeted over the coming years.

At the seminar it was recognised that this area has huge potential, with its wealth of historic attractions; its abundant marine resources, superb beaches and very attractive coastline.

Excellent ideas were suggested that could significantly increase the numbers of visitors to the area.

A Wexford County Council spokesperson said: 'The opportunity to better promote and bundle activities was acknowledged so that visitors are encouraged to stay longer in the region. It was also recommended that enhanced collaboration between all those involved in the tourism industry would create a better visitor experience.'

Some suggestions included the development of more tourism trails such as a Norman Trail, walking and cycling trails and coastal activity trails.

Evening entertainment for families holidaying in the area was suggested as well as the development of improved infrastructure, to support the potential increase in visitor numbers to the area.

A draft copy of the tourism report will be available in June which everyone will have the opportunity to input into.

A spokesperson for New Ross & District Chamber of Commerce and Hook Tourism said: 'This seminar provided a unique opportunity to have a voice on the future direction of the tourism industry in the New Ross District and Hook Peninsula which has resulted in an advanced tourism strategy for the area.'

The seminar was hosted by independent consultants engaged by Wexford County Council.

The aim of the tourism seminar on the future of tourism in the New Ross area was to capture the views, ideas and opinions of those in attendance of the day to formulate a plan for the coming years to boost tourism in the district.

Areas including Fethard-on-Sea, Duncannon, Bannow, New Ross and the Hook Peninsula were discussed, along with burgeoning tourism attractions across the district at the well attended seminar. This latest initiative stems from initial discussions between Wexford County Council and Hook Rural Tourism.

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