Cobh Tourism Rallies together Tourism Stakeholders and Community to Develop 5-Year Tourism Vision and Strategy for the Town

From left: Capt. Michael McCarthy, cruise consultant; Joe Burke, Local Enterprise Office; Fionnghuala Smith, chair of Cobh Tourism; Simon Wall, Westport County Council; Aaron Mansworth, MD, Trigon Hotels and Irish Hotels Federation; Hilary Creedon, Failte Ireland; Seamus Heaney, Head of Visit Cork and Derry Cronin, Special Ireland at the Cobh Tourism seminar in the Sirius Arts Centre.  Members of the community heard from a number of experts in tourism and town regeneration, as part of Cobh Tourism’s plans to prepare a 5-year tourism vision and strategy for the town. Pic: Brian Lougheed

Cobh Tourism hosted a Tourism Seminar this week in the Sirius Arts Centre, where key stakeholders and members of the community heard from experts in tourism and town regeneration.

The event was the first step in Cobh Tourism’s plans to develop a 5-year tourism vision and strategy for the town which will attract more visitors to Cobh, who will stay longer and contribute to the future prosperity of the town.

A new emotive tourism video for Cobh, commissioned by Cobh Tourism, was also launched on the evening and is now live on

Fionnghuala Smith, Chairperson Cobh Tourism, said “Some Irish towns just look pretty, others have a story to tell but don’t look the part. Some are difficult to get to … and then there is a town that has it all, according to a recent cruise article… and it’s called Cobh!”

“However, we still have a long way to go to be one of the most successful tourism towns in the country”.  Fionnghuala went on to discuss infrastructure and accommodation requirements, the threat from Brexit and cruise tourism.

She highlighted the need for townspeople to rally together saying “Cobh and the Great Island is at a pivotal point in tourism and heritage development.  We need full community involvement to deliver on a challenging new agenda, to see where we are, and decide where we are going.”

One of the key out-takes from the evening is that there is no strength without unity.

The keynote speaker on the evening was Simon Wall from Mayo County Council, with whom Cobh Tourism are currently collaborating.  He gave insights into how a small rural Irish town reinvented itself over two decades, to become an important national tourist destination.

Other speakers on the evening included Hilary Creedon from Fáilte Ireland on amplifying Cobh’s position on Ireland’s Ancient East; Seamus Heaney from Visit Cork on supports from Pure Cork and Cork Convention Bureau;  Captain Michael McCarthy, Cruise Consultant with Port of Cork, on attracting and retaining cruise business; Derry Cronin from Special Ireland and Joe Burke from the Local Enterprise Office on supports for tourism related businesses.

Cobh Tourism will now consult with those who attended the event, before developing a 5-year tourism vision and strategy for the town. #CobhTourismForward