IT’S a busy year ahead for tourism in Co Kildare with exciting new initiatives in the pipeline. Speaking at the recent AGM Chairman of Kildare Fáilte’s board of directors David Mongey noted that over the past twelve months Kildare Fáilte has launched a number of exciting tourism initiatives to continue to drive the sustainable growth of the tourism industry in county Kildare, and to provide top-class tourist experiences to visitors from home and abroad.
These included the development and promotion of St. Brigid’s Trail, the launch of the inaugural Taste of Kildare, and the Rose of Tralee Tour of the county among others.
Mr Mongey thanked a number of people and organisations for their help in promoting Kildare as a world-class tourism destination nationally and internationally, including Áine Mangan, CEO of Kildare Fáilte, the Board of Directors, Kildare County Council and Kildare Fáilte’s members.
CEO of Kildare Fáilte, Áine Mangan, emphasised the array of opportunities for tourism development in the county in 2019, highlighting several key initiatives which include the launch of the Sport of Kings Trail, the Kildare Derby Festival 2019, Kildare Heritage Centre’s Virtual Reality Experience and the development and promotion of the Shackleton Museum in Athy among others. Following the outstanding success of last year’s event, it was confirmed that Taste of Kildare will be held again this year on 25 August and the Rose of Tralee tour will once again play a significant role in showcasing what the county has to offer tourists.
Áine also emphasised how Kildare Fáilte will continue to work with Fáilte Ireland and Ireland’s Ancient East to promote Kildare to national and international visitors, collaborating on a number of projects including updating historic signage within the county and various tradeshows and promotional events.
Eoghan Corry, editor of Travel Extra was guest speaker at the event and he discussed the current trends in tourism as well as speaking about the huge potential for businesses operating within the tourism sector in Kildare.
Held at Mondello Park,attendees also had the opportunity to channel their inner Eddie Irvine with a race around the famous track. A nice analogy; as the tourism industry in Kildare shows no signs of slowing down.