NORTH and East Kerry Development is inviting all businesses with an interest in eco tourism to an awareness recruitment evening in the Seanchai Centre, Listowel this Thursday, April 19.
Mary Mulvey from Ecotourism Ireland has be appointed to lead the North and East Kerry Ecotourism Training programme which will provide support, mentoring and training to those interested in going green with their tourism business.
"Eco Tourism is really about travelling to a natural area to benefit the community, conservation and the visitor. There is huge potential to develop this niche tourism sector in North Kerry" she said.
"This type of tourism is unique in that the visitor really wants to give something back. It's small scale tourism using local food, guides and local resources. Eco tourists are not the type of visitor that hits all the country's hotspots in seven days, they want to learn about the place, its people and its environment and contribute towards its conservation. They are looking for a genuine experience that is authentic and unique and they are willing to pay more for it" said Mary mulvey.
North and East Kerry Development said they are keen to capitalise on the increased interest in the eco market following the recently opening of the Wetlands Park in Tralee.
NEKD is seeking people interested in developing their existing or start up businesses into the ecotourism area.
Businesses are invited to come along to a awareness evening which takes place on April 19 in the Seanchai Centre, Listowel, starting at 7.30pm.