DROGHEDA has made a major international tourism breakthrough, set to launch next year.
CIE Tours International has announced that Drogheda is to be the final stop on their prestigious and highly successful Irish Odyssey Tour.
A coach tour from the USA and Canada will arrive in the town every Monday from March 18 to November 18 2013 and stay overnight, firmly establishing Drogheda as a must-see destination.
The Odyssey Tour will arrive in the early afternoon after visiting Newgrange and will then undertake a walking tour of Drogheda, taking in many of the tourist sites.
Minister Fergus O'Dowd has played a major part in organising the tour, facilitating site visits and meetings.
' These tours will be a boost to the local economy, bringing much-needed regular income and footfall to the areas many tourist attractions and retail outlets.
' There have been huge upgrades in Drogheda's tourism offering over the past few years, and I have made it a personal mission to do as much as I can to put the town on the radar for major tour operators,' Minister O'Dowd stated.
'After witnessing at first hand CIE Tours' reaction to the site inspections of the town, I have no doubt that this will be the catalyst for other transatlantic coach tours to follow suit.'
As it is the last night of the tour before the tourists return home, they will finish up with a dinner in WM Cairnes & Son Gastropub followed by a traditional Irish music session provided by Drogheda Comhaltas.
The coach tour will stay overnight in the d Hotel, and Rory Scott, d Hotel General Manager and chair of the Drogheda Local Heroes Tourism Committee is delighted with the news.
' This announcement is hugely important to tourism in Drogheda and I would like to thank Minister O'Dowd for his great help in securing the tour series, for accompanying the site inspections and promoting Drogheda as a great place to stop.
'CIE commented on how well they thought Drogheda looked and specifically commented on Millmount, the great streetscapes provided by Local Heroes, the Borough Council's great floral work and the overall buzz that was back in the town.'
'Drogheda is also very convenient for our clients heading to Dublin Airport for flights back home,' added Dennis Savage, Senior Vice President of CIE Tours International.