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.
One of Kerry’s most spectacular viewing parks is to get a €20,00 facelift. Fossa Community and Development Association have begun the work at Aghadoe viewing park which offers views of Killarney’s lakes and mountains.
Aghadoe Viewing Park
Kerry County Council has granted a 10 year licence to the association to manage the tourist attraction. The works on the site are being carried out with help from South Kerry Development Partnership.
A new strategy for the Bed & Breakfast sector of the tourism industry is being introduced by Fáilte Ireland. It will include a new system of grading and classification – and a new brand.
Details of the changes will be presented by Fáilte Ireland personnel at a series of workshops around the country this month. The Kerry workshop will take place in the Brehon Hotel in Killarney on 17th of February at 7pm
Plans to redevelop part of the Quality Hotel in Killarney have been appealed to An Bord Pleanala. Hepton Developments Ltd is applying for permission to demolish part of the hotel on the Park Road, Killarney; and build offices, shops, restaurants, and four apartments.
Killarney Town Council gave it the go ahead but it’s now been appealed to An Bord Pleanala by Fidelma O’Connor, John McGuire, Bill Daly, and Mary O’Connell. An Bord Pleanala is due to make a decision on it by April 12th.
The Jarvey dispute won’t have a detrimental effect on the international tourism conference which begins in Killarney this weekend.
That’s according to the Vice President of Marketing and Sales with DERTOUR, Kevin Keogh. The German tour operator is holding its annual Reiseakademie or Travel Academy in Killarney, which will see over 900 German and Austrian travel agents, tourism industry professionals and influential travel media descend on the Kerry town for a two-week period.
Jarveys in Killarney are continuing to protest at the entrance to Muckross House in Killarney, as they’re being denied access to the National Park because of their refusal to attach dung-catching devices to their jaunting cars. Concerns have been raised by Fine Gael’s Olivia Mitchell that the striking Jarveys could spoil attempts to entice travel chiefs to the country. But Kevin Keogh says the Jarvey dispute won’t turn off the visiting travel agents.
The Chairman of Tourism Ireland and former Kerry Group CEO Hugh Friel says Dertour coming to Killarney is a major boost to the town.
via Radio Kerry News
The news that Killarney has been chosen to host the Irish Open golf tournament next year, has been hailed as a major boost for tourism in Kerry. Killarney’s Killeen course was chosen above rival applicants from Mount Juliet, Fota Island and Baltray, to host the event, which will be held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Killarney last hosted the Open in 1992, when it was won by British golfer Nick Faldo. Mayor of Killarney, Michael Gleeson, said the news couldn’t come at a better time for the town’s business people.