TOURISM offices should be opened in seaside villages throughout Co Wexford to share our hidden gems with the world, according to a north Wexford councillor.
The suggestion came from Courtown resident Robbie Ireton, no stranger to the seaside, who told his colleagues that to 'advance tourism in this county we'll have to look at it slightly differently'.
Cllr Ireton said that each area of Co Wexford 'has unique attractions or walks', but that they get lost in the more general promotion of the Model County as a tourism destination.
He also pointed out that there's only one tourism office in the county, on the quay in Wexford town.
He said there should be tourist offices throughout the county, in the likes of Kilmuckridge, Curracloe and Blackwater, to name just a few of the seaside villages. 'And Duncannon!' offered Cllr Larry O'Brien.
Cllr Ireton said the council needed to source properties in the scenic spots or build tourist offices and once opened they would 'pay for themselves' in terms of revenue generated.
' There are beautiful places throughout Co Wexford that no-one knows about, only the people living there,' he said. 'Resources could be an issue,' noted Council Chairman Michael Kinsella.
Sure enough, Director of Services Tony Larkin pointed out that Wexford's sole tourism office is run and funded by Failte Ireland.
'We don't have the resources to establish and staff tourist offices the length and breadth of the county,' said Mr Larkin. He said the council not only doesn't have the funds for such an initiative, but it also doesn't have the remit to try.
He did say though that the council will be launching a new website in May that will promote Co Wexford and inform people about all it has to offer. He said people will be able to see what's going on here, book accommodation and get information on our attractions.