Conference boost for Tralee town

Simon Brouder

Tralee is set for a major tourism boost in May with the news that this year's Probus All-Ireland rally is to be held in the town.

Over 650 Probus members from across the country will arrive in Tralee for the three day event which takes place at the Brandon Conference centre from Tuesday, May 15.

The event will be one of the first major conferences to take place in Tralee in recent years.

Probus - the name is derived from a combination of professional and business - is an international association of retired and semi-retired people. The association last held its All Ireland Rally in Tralee in 2002.

The Probus 1997 Club Tralee, are organising the event and they have launched a sponsorship drive in the hope that local businesses and Kerry County Council will help fund the planning, promotion and delivery of the large-scale conference.

The 2018 Probus All-Ireland Rally, will have a positive knock-on effect for the local economy as delegates and their guests are expected to occupy up to 1100 bed nights in the town.

They will also visit a number of tourism attractions in Tralee, Killarney, Dingle and Listowel.

"We have every intention of staging a memorable event with a view to showcasing Tralee as Ireland's Best Large Tourism Town and more recently, Ireland's Most Enterprising Town," said Probus 1997 President Liam Sayers.

"More than half of the delegates are expected to travel from Northern Ireland. We have applied to the Kerry County Council Community Fund and we are inviting local businesses to come on board as sponsors to help us fund the conference. We aim to deliver a full programme of entertainment, seminars and delegate-outings to top tourism landmarks in Kerry," said Mr Sayers.

A number of sponsorship offerings are available and details can be obtained by emailing or calling 0871694370.