Monday 20 November 2017

Expo unveils tourism plans

Basia Dunio and Anne Gilpen.
Basia Dunio and Anne Gilpen.

David medcalf

Enjoy Enniscorthy is the motto adopted on Slaneyside as the town bids to become a major player in tourism.

Ambitious plans were unveiled at an 'Expo' in the Riverside Park Hotel last week. The Riverside is one of the few hotels in Ireland which is expanding, with construction workers busy adding extra bedrooms.

Meanwhile, in the main function room, various tourist enterprises laid out their stalls. They ranged from golf courses to gardens, to anglers and the farmers' market as well as the National 1798 Centre.

With the help of specialist advice from Rikon at Waterford IT, Enniscorthy has drawn up targets to be achieved from now to 2016. Success will be measured not only by the number of visitors but also by reputation for excellence and by devising new 'products'. Enniscorthy Tourism chairman Colm Neville rallied his troops, pointing out that 73 per cent of visitors are repeat business.

'He also noted that most tourists have cars, making the 'Dunbrody', Kilkenny Castle and the valleys of Carlow part of what Enniscorthy has to offer.

Closer to home, he looked forward to making the most of Vinegar Hill, which he described as one of the greatest battle sites in the world.

Guest speakers at the Expo were Fáilte Ireland executive Garry Breen and newly appointed Wexford County Manager Tom Enright.

Gorey Guardian

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