Louth Economic Forum launch visionary plan to develop tourism
The Louth Economic Forum announced plans to position Louth as a 'leading sustainable tourism destination by harnessing the potential offered by its unique location within Ireland's Ancient East'.
The forum, a collaboration of State development agencies and members of the local business community, announced details of the Louth Tourism and Heritage Action Plan at an event in Carlingford Heritage centre.
This is the second such plan developed by Louth Economic Forum and it details its strategy to maximise Louth's tourism potential to 2021, through three key themes: sharing heritage; exploring local mountains, fields and sea; and enjoying local arts, culture, food and festivals. Reflecting all the county has to offer tourism-wise, the theme of the strategy is 'Louth: Land of Legends and full of life'.
According to Fáilte Ireland's Regional Tourism Performance figures, some 125,000 overseas tourists visited Louth in 2015.
Launching the plan, chairperson of Louth Economic Forum, Martin Cronin, said: 'Louth has an excellent tourism product, spanning history and heritage, arts, culture, festivals and adventure tourism. Taking these components, we have the opportunity to build a world-class sustainable tourism experience and to convert this resource into concrete economic benefits for the county, such as increasing tourism revenue and creating more jobs in the tourism industry.'