DUNDALK Tourist office is set to reopen following its controversial closure earlier this year.The reopening is planned for the summer season at least and couldn’t come sooner for one Dundalk Town Councillor.
CllR Oliver Morgan had expressed his disgust at the closing of the tourist office, which came to a head when three German tourist were left stranded earlier in the year.
In a statement Councillor Ollie Morgan expressed satisfaction that his call on our Town Council Management to reopen our tourist office at least for the summer season, has been implemented, hopefully permanently.
“This a very pleasant surprise to me. All that I had been hoping for was the reopening of the tourist information office beside the library but we will now have the tourist office back at its optimum location, in our newly revamped Market Square.
“I understand that footfall in the new town square is increasing steadily and I have the utmost confidence that having the Town Centre Commercial Manager (TCCM) there in the same building (which was originally provided as the town’s tourist office) will be a big help to growing our tourism product and turnover.
“It is accepted that there are some quite serious teething problems with the new town square, not least with accessibility for our physically impaired folk, but given good will by all concerned parties, a satisfactory solution should be achieved.
“It is unfortunate that the extended budget of over EURO 3,000,000 did not extend to finishing the town square project, with no upgrade to the tourist office/TCCM building and no provision of the giant t.v. screen but possibly some funding will be found going forward and we may, hopefully, yet see our town square completed.”
Councillor Morgan finished by paying tribute to the “sterling endeavours” of the Town Centre Commercial Manager (TCCM), Mr. Andrew Mawhinney and his staff and urged them to continue their good work by assisting, guiding and liaising with the new tourist office staff.