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Kilkenny has been cited as the second most popular destination for a short break among Irish holiday makers.
The latest figures released by Fáilte Ireland on visitor numbers in 2010 which show an overall decline of 15 per cent on the 2009 figure to levels last seen in 1998, are extremely disappointing as Government inaction has let this downward trend continue.
A penguin sanctuary, which it is hoped will enhance the positive educational environment for visitors from home and abroad, will be a major part of the refurbishment plans for Galway Atlantiquaria, which has received nearly €700,000 in funding.
Kilkenny hoteliers have called on the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin, to appoint a dedicated tourism tsar to spearhead Ireland’s tourism marketing strategy in Britain.
Cruising holidays on the River Shannon are on air in Germany right now, courtesy of a Tourism Ireland radio promotion which will reach over 500,000 listeners each day during the month-long campaign. A competition on popular radio station HR1, in association with Dertour (a leading German tour operator) is offering six lucky people the chance to win a cruising break on the Shannon. Tourism Ireland adverts are highlighting the relaxed and enjoyable pace of a cruising holiday as well as the many things to see and do for German holidaymakers in this part of Ireland.
Ireland West Airport Knock is to receive funding for urgent safety works to the tune of nearly half a million euro.
Kilkenny is ranked in the top five Irish destinations and that needs to be strengthened and improved if the tourism industry in Kilkenny city and county is to survive 2009.
A group of influential travel writers from Sweden, Norway and Finland visited Kilkenny this week on the invitation of Tourism Ireland.
Athlone and Mullingar are to face stiffer competition in this year’s IBAL Anti-Litter League, after 11 new additions were made to the list of towns to be assessed. The new additions, announced by Minister for the Environment John Gormley this week, bring the total areas to be surveyed for litter levels to 60.