Tourism in cork has seeing a significant uptake in numbers following an aggressive strategy by the local authority to bring visitors to the region.
Sharon Corcoran director of services at the authority’s Economic Development, Enterprise and Tourism directorate revealed the number of holidaymakers has increased, following improved marketing and investment in local festivals.
Almost €260,000 was invested in festivals and events through the authority’s Economic Development fund and general Tourism budget, with €42,000 of capital spent here in East Cork.
The authority it has helped fund the fort2fort charity cycle, Ocean to the city Cork Harbour festival, Feast – Cork Food and Drink festival, and the SECAD summer symposium.
Ms Corcoran said her department hope to progress a number of significant projects that have the potential to further boost the districts socio-economic growth.
In East Cork that plan includes the Cork Harbour Greenway, the Midleton to Youghal Greenway as well as Youghal to 2020
Youghal to 2020 is designed to re-invigorate the town of Youghal, restore its vibrancy and promote and protect its heritage for future generations.
Ms Corcoran told the September sitting of Cork County Council on Monday 25 September Cork is perfectly located at the gateway to two of the Country’s biggest tourist initiatives the Wild Atlantic Way and Irelands Ancient East.
Nationally Failte Ireland invest €3.4 million in marketing a series of festivals and events, however the significant investment the local authority make is often overlooked, commented Ms Corcoran.
Through the implantation of the county’s tourism strategy numbers visiting many of the regions tourist attractions are up on last year.
Up to the end of August 38,651 visited the county’s Fortress Spike Island. With interest in the island attraction soaring the local authority have gone to tender for a second ferry in an effort to open up other access points to the island from around the harbour.
In the four month period between May and August 5,500 visitors passed through Youghal’s Clock gate tower.
The authority has also invested heavily in marketing programmes to heighten the profile of the County which it hopes to bear fruit through the, the Cork Harbour Island brand and Cork County Council Heritage maps.