Germany and France offer significant potential for Irish tourism, according to a new strategy unveiled by Tourism Ireland. The launch was attended by tourism businesses from around Ireland – including Nora Heraty of Westport House Caravan and Camping Park. Tourism Ireland’s new three-year plan, ‘Germany and France – A Strategy for Growth’, sets out challenging and ambitious targets which will see the number of German and French visitors to the island of Ireland grow to 1.1 million by 2016, delivering revenue of €602 million for the economies north and south.
2013 was a record year for visitor numbers to Ireland from Germany and France – our third- and fourth-largest tourist-generating markets. The new strategy, which was developed in close co-operation with Fáilte Ireland, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC), as well as commercial industry and travel trade partners, at home and overseas, will build on this success and drive accelerated growth from both markets over the coming three years.
Mayo County Enterprise Board (CEB) recently announced a renewed partnership with Network Mayo for 2014. The announcement was part of an event entitled The Power of a Network, an open evening held by Network Mayo for women in business, employment or start-up businesses in Mayo. A busy event attended by businesswomen from all parts of the county, it included a welcome by Caroline Gordon, president of Network Mayo, presentations by Joanne Grehan, CEO of Mayo County Enterprise Board and Mary Fehily-Hobbs, Network Ireland president, along with a discussion forum and networking session.
Speaking at the event, Joanne Grehan, Mayo County Enterprise Board CEO, said: “The CEB is proud to support small and micro-enterprises in Mayo and to promote a pro-business environment in the county. This collaboration with Network Mayo is an ideal opportunity for us to network with and support female entrepreneurs. The most important message for women in business in Mayo is to come and speak with team at the CEB for advice on available supports for businesses, including one-to-one mentoring, financial supports and training.”
Almost half of Eurospar retailers in Ireland are predicting growth in 2014, with two-thirds planning additional investment in their stores – that is according to the findings of a retailer survey released by operators of the brand BWG Foods to coincide with the EUROSPAR Conference which took place in Dublin’s Marker Hotel last week. Among the delegates at the conference was Derek Kennedy from Eurospar Swinford.
At the conference the delegates heard a positive indication of economic recovery, independent supermarket retailers, representing towns and villages across the country, were upbeat about future growth, with 48 per cent of respondents predicting business growth this year and 78 per cent saying they planned to invest in their businesses in the next 12 months.