The future on Offaly tourism was discussed at a successful Offaly Tourism Seminar held last Monday, April 8 in the Tullamore Court Hotel, bringing together stakeholders from inside and outside of the county.
This event was used to gather industry leaders together and provide a chance for them to network and be updated with relevant industry information.
Those in attendance were treated to some fantastic and informative presentations from guest speakers; Cillian Murphy of Loop Head Tourism, John Clendennen from Giltraps Townhouse & Glamping, Mark McGovern and Derek Dolan from Failte Ireland, who spoke about Irelands Hidden Heartlands and Ancient East respectively. Finally, Olive Farrelly, Tourism Officer for Offaly
spoke about the work and developments happening within the county to promote it as a tourism destination.
The Seminar was well attended and guests included local representatives from Offaly County Council and Laois County Council, including Offaly Chief Executive Anne Marie Delany & Director of Service Tom Shanahan.
Accommodation providers, owners and managers of attractions, cafes and restaurants were also present, as well as community development associations, event and festival organisers and other relevant stakeholders from the tourism and hospitality industry.
Organised by Olive Farrelly and the Offaly Tourism team, the event was developed to bring industry providers together and use it as a platform to drive tourism forward for the coming year and beyond. Reflecting on the event, Olive Farrelly, Offaly Tourism Officer said: “We are delighted with how well the Seminar was attended and the positivity in the room was evident. It just proves what we already believed, that people in Offaly want to get behind tourism, want to work together and support each
other and want to provide our local communities with an opportunity to create something that can be of economic value to them.”
She also added that this was just one of many steps that Offaly Tourism has planned for the coming year, including a follow-up networking event in the coming weeks. “We are really excited to invite the many stakeholders in Offaly to our next networking event on Tuesday, May 7 at the Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre. This will be a more concreted event, focused on stakeholder
engagement and we are looking forward to meeting everyone there on the night.”
Offaly Tourism Marketing (CLG) is responsible for marketing and promoting Offaly as a tourism destination. Offaly has as much to offer as any other county in Ireland if not more. The great thing about a visit to Offaly is that you’re always going to be surprised. Around every bend and down every country road, you’ll come upon an unexpected view or a tucked-away gem of a place.