Chamber of Commerce to hold Carlingford tourism think-in

Chamber of Commerce to hold Carlingford tourism think-in

A major tourism conference called Learn from the Best, has been organized by Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and will take place on Wednesday 20 April at the Four Seasons Hotel Carlingford.

There will be five key speakers at the event including Alex Mount Charles of Slane Distillery, who will tell the Slane Distillery Story. Cillian Murphy of Loop Head Tourism will also give tips on what businesses need to do to make their attraction stand out from the competition. Fiona Buckley Failte Ireland will give attendees tips on Tourism Best Practice. T.J. O Connor of Taste Kerry will tell the Kerry Food Story and Danny McKinley of the Causeway Coast Discovery Centre will highlight what diversification which is taking place on the Causeway Coast.

This half day event takes place on Wednesday 20 April at the Four Season from 8.30am to 2.30pm.

There will also be a tourism advisory clinic with exhibits from the Local Enterprise Office Louth, Failte Ireland, Southern Regional College, Louth Leader Partnership, and Louth County Council Planning Office.

There will also be over 30 stands exhibiting on the day.

Admission to the conference is only €15 plus vat for chamber members and €20 plus vat for non-members and this includes lunch and refreshments.

This event is a must for all in the tourism and hospitality sector. You can book on line on or you can also book by calling Brenda or Michelle on Tel: 353 (42) 9336343 or email

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Tourism in this county is becoming more and more highlighted as people realise how underused our resources are.

Fianna Fail county councillor Emma Coffey sumed it up when she said:

“We have 140 kms of coastline here. We have Cooley and Carlingford, walks along the coastline, some very fine beaches, but we need a more organised approach towards selling it. A little investment would go a long way.”

Paddy Malone of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce highlighted these facts when making a presentation to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

The committee produced a report on the All-Ireland Economy and recommended the develop tourism for the island as a whole.

And after the launch of Ireland Ancient East campaign last year, and the furore that followed, Fáilte Ireland emphasised that Louth is an important player in that tourism initiative.

They said Ireland’s Ancient East is geared to maximise the history and heritage in Louth and bring it to greater international attention by offering visitors a personal experience of 5,000 years of history through “a relaxing journey of discovery in the beautiful landscape that attracted warring settlers for millennia.

The key to the initiative’s success in the county will be how the local history is illuminated by local people, communities and tourism stakeholders. To that end, Fáilte Ireland will be meeting and working with local interested parties over the coming months to enlist their support and expertise to bring the project to life locally.

Mr Paul Keeley, Director of Business Development with Fáilte Ireland, was emphatic that Louth has not been forgotten.

“With the great amount of history and heritage in the North East, Ireland’s Ancient East will allow us to seriously build on the assets in Louth and encourage visitors not only to visit but to stay longer,” Mr Keeley said.

’s Stone, Monasterboice and Castle Roche – to name but a few - Louth ticks all the boxes with regard to the main themes of Ireland’s Ancient East with ancient, early Christian, Medieval and Anglo-irish sites all within reach.

“As with the Wild Atlantic Way, this will be an evolving project and, although the brand has now been launched, the hard work now begins. To that end, over the next few weeks and months, Fáilte Ireland will be meeting with tourism operators, local community groups and other interested parties in Louth to work with them and to bring Ireland’s Ancient East alive in this part of the region. “Ireland’s Ancient East was very much to the fore in talks with overseas operators yesterday.

“I appreciate that there were some concerns that Louth did not seem to feature heavily on the illustrative map at yesterday’s launch but I can assure all our stakeholders in the county that we will be doing all we can to ensure that Louth is on every visitor’s itinerary as we roll out this project overseas.”