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Monday 21 April 2014

Dingle weddings a boost for local economy

Bride-to-be Stacey Brady with Dawn McMenamin. Photo: Manuela dei Grandi

DINGLE's wedding industry is continuing to flourish and this was in evidence last Sunday as the Dingle Skellig Hotel hosted a wedding consultation day inviting couples, who have booked their weddings in the hotel in 2014 and 2015, to get a taste of what they can expect to experience on their wedding day.

The hotel, which was named Best Coastal Hotel Destination by RSVP Magazine recently, is reporting very strong bookings for the season ahead and according to General Manager Graham Fitzgerald, Dingle's growing reputation as a wedding location is having a positive knock on effect on the surrounding area.

"Dingle is definitely growing in stature as a wedding destination and many of the weddings hosted here are from out of town," he told The Kerryman.

"That has a very positive knock on effect for other businesses also as many families will stay around for the entire weekend with many hosting celebrations the day after. They stay in the area and eat in the area; it's good news for everyone really, the local pubs, B&Bs, guesthouses, it really benefits the local economy."

Twenty-plus couples, who have booked their weddings in Dingle in 2014 and 2015, enjoyed a great afternoon at the Skellig last Sunday which was fully appointed as if an actual wedding were being hosted.

On the strength of the increase in wedding bookings, Mr Fitzgerald revealed that the hotel is currently investing in upgrading their facilities in the interest of cultivating Dingle's wedding industry even further.

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