Update from Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland

Since Fáilte Ireland’s last update, Ireland has welcomed thousands of visitors to venues across the country with an exciting program of events for St Patrick’s Festival Dublin and across the country.

“Dublin and six regional St Patrick’s Day celebrations took place in Cork, Killarney, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo and Kilkenny. Followed by the Easter holidays, I hope you have had a busy and prosperous start to the traditional tourist season.

Last week we launched a new five-year plan that will boost tourism in Co. Sligo will help encourage and support. The Sligo Destination and Experience Development Plan (DEDP) builds on the ambition of the Wild Atlantic Way Regional Tourism Development Strategy to position Sligo as a catalyst destination for regional tourism development and to transform the way visitors interact with the northern half of the Wild Atlantic Way. Find out more

Next week Fáilte Ireland will host its annual Meitheal fair at Gleneagle INEC Arena, Killarney, in partnership with Tourism Ireland. For a small island we have a huge amount to offer, including world-class scenery, hospitality, activities, attractions, culture, heritage and food, and it will be fantastic to see so many of you coming together to trade with international buyers. We will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Wild Atlantic Way at the event, celebrating the regional experiential brand that ushered in a new era for Irish tourism.

Demand for our recently launched Climate Action Program has been phenomenally high, demonstrating the commitment of tourism businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. Read the Prospectus of the Climate Action Programme to find out more.

Finally, Fáilte Ireland’s Employer Excellence Awards will also take place this month. The 2024 ceremony will take place at Lyrath Estate, Co. Kilkenny, in honor of businesses that have demonstrated their commitment to making the tourism industry an attractive and rewarding place to work. Read more about our Employer Excellence program here.”