Kerry Airport has attracted a prestigious aviation conference to the county from June 2nd to 5th. Connect Aviation is a forum for airlines, airports, regulatory bodies, suppliers and tourism bodies. The 450 attendees will hear from experts including Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs, John Weatherill, Richard Carcaillet and Ruth Andrews. For further details see connect-aviation.com
Hosting the CONNECT conference comes at an important time for the region as Kerry Airport, in association with Kerry County Council, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, has a strategy to increase inbound tourism through the airport by 40% over the next five years.
Showing his support for CONNECT, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe said: “I commend Kerry Airport and all of the stakeholders for bringing so many key aviation influencers to Ireland, and to Kerry. It is perfectly in tune with our “People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025” policy, where we plan to increase employment in the sector by one-fifth to 250,000. Carol O’ Donoghue, Route Development and Marketing Manager, Kerry Airport said: “We see our hosting role as an important opportunity to showcase everything that Kerry has to offer with a view to growing our route offering.”
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “With hundreds of representatives from all the major airlines and airports due to attend, the CONNECT conference is an exciting opportunity for Kerry and Ireland. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with airlines and airports, to stimulate demand for new flights and to promote existing routes to Ireland.”
Forty jobs are to be created in Killarney by Co Kerry-based manufacturing and engineering firm Tricel.
The company currently employs 100 people in Killarney and 250 in total across the group in Ireland, UK and France. The jobs will include several graduate positions. The jobs were announced this morning by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. Tricel also announced 60 new jobs for the UK and France this morning. The positions, to be added over the next 18 months, will be in the areas of management, engineering, R&D, product development, marketing and manufacturing.
Originally known as Killarney Plastics, Tricel specialises in the development and manufacture of specialised products from water storage tanks and wastewater treatment systems to construction and building products.
Update – Repairs to a burst water main may cause supply disruptions to Aghadoe, Barleymount, Aglish, Rockfield, Laharn and surrounding areas in Co. Kerry.
Crews are working to restore supply to the affected areas as soon as possible. Click here for updates.
The CONNECT organisers are delighted to announce that the 12th International Aviation Forum will take place from the 3rd – 5th June 2015 in Killarney, County Kerry.
Hosted by Destination Kerry and Kerry Airport, and supported the local and national tourism industry, the CONNECT conference will bring together more than 400 leading aviation professionals to meet, discuss and shape their future networks across Europe and beyond.
“Destination Kerry in collaboration with its tourism partners are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the destination and highlight to the key industry players what we have to offer” said Peter McDermott, Chairman of Destination Kerry. “Kerry is Ireland’s jewel in the crown of tourism. The area attracts visitors from every corner of the globe, with its main source of visitors coming from the USA, UK, Germany and France. Hosting CONNECT in 2015 will bring a focus on access to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, one of Ireland’s main tourist attractions, of which Kerry accounts for 440km of the coastal drive. Overseas visitor numbers were up 13.6% for the first 6 months of 2014 – a trend we hope to improve on with increased seat capacity.”
“This year Kerry hopes to add a new dimension to the successful CONNECT event by inviting Tour Operators from around Europe to CONNECT 2015” explains Carol O’Donoghue, Route Development and Marketing Manager at Kerry Airport. “Tour Operators bring thousands of visitors to Kerry and Ireland every year and we believe they are vital partners in a leisure destination’s route development activities. We hope to include them at the early stages of any discussions.”
Killarney House and Gardens will be open to the public next year according to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Heather Humphries says the €7.1 million Killarney House restoration project will be substantially complete by the end of this year, with a view to the site being fully operational and open to the public in 2015.
Fine Gael Senator for Kerry and Seanad Chief Whip, Paul Coghlan has welcomed the confirmation saying the refurbished house, will function as a national park visitor centre and will provide an added attraction for visitors to the town. The visitor centre project includes a newly built extension to the house and an interpretative centre for the national park.
Originally posted in MuckrossDriveHouse.com
An Comhdháil World Irish Dancing Championships 2015 being held at Killarney Convention Centre from 28th March to 4th April 2015.
This World Championship is an annual event that aims to recognise world-wide talent and dedication to one of Ireland’s best loved cultural heritages and past times. With group and solo competitions open to all members of An Comhdháil from the ages of nine upwards, this contest attracts a great deal of industry attention. In excess of 3,000 competitors take part in these Championships each year; these competitors are typically accompanied by an entourage of organisers, teachers, adjudicators, musicians, families, friends, supporters and spectators from 24 branches of An Comhdháil worldwide.
The competition normally takes place over an eight-day period, finishing on Easter Sunday and most families book up to ten nights in the host town as they use the Easter Holiday period as an opportunity to take a family holiday.