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Fáilte Ireland launches new long-term tourism plan for Killarney

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Fáilte Ireland has today (Tuesday) launched the ‘Killarney Destination and Experience Development Plan’ that will help drive and sustain tourism across all parts of the region over the next five years.

Fáilte Ireland has launched a new plan that will help drive and sustain tourism in Killarney. Pictured in Killarney House are from left: Sinead McCarthy (General Manager Brehon Hotel) Paul Sherry (Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) Josephine O'Driscoll (Lead Manager Wild Atlantic Way) and Tom Randles (Randles Court Hotel). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Patrick O'Donoghue (CEO Gleneagle Hotel Group) Bernadette Randles (Dromhall Hotel) Gareth Power (Muckross Park Hotel) Moira Murrell (CE Kerry County Council) Paul Kelly (CEO Fáilte Ireland) Tom Randles (Randles Court Hotel) Sinead McCarthy (Brehon Hotel) Emer Corridan (Cahernane Hotel) and Tracey Coyne (International Hotel) pictured at the launch of the Fáilte Ireland new plan that will help drive and sustain tourism in Killarney over the next five years. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Fáilte Ireland has today launched a new plan that will help drive and sustain tourism in Killarney. Pictured at the launch today in Killarney House are from left: Niamh O'Sullivan (Director of Services KCC) Sheila O'Sullivan Trish Covarr (Aghadoe Heights Hotel) Angela McAllen (Manager Killarney Municipal District) Chief Superintendent Flor Murphy Diarmuid Leen (Chairman 4th July Festival) Josephine O'Driscoll (Lead Manager Wild Atlantic Way) and Niamh O'Shea (Fáilte Ireland). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

PLAN: Emer Corridan (Cahernane Hotel) Mike Buckley (Kerry Coaches) Josephine O'Driscoll (Lead Manager Wild Atlantic Way) and Patrick O'Donoghue (CEO Gleneagle Hotel Group) at the launch of the Fáilte Ireland ‘Killarney Destination and Experience Development Plan’ on Tuesday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Fáilte Ireland has launched a new plan that will help drive and sustain tourism in Killarney. Pictured at the launch today in Killarney House are from left: Miriam Kennedy (Head Wild Atlantic Way) Pat O'Leary (Kerry Tourism Industry Federation) Moira Murrell (Chief Executive Kerry County Council) Caitriona Ryan (Principal Officer National Parks-Strategy and Regional Operation) and Paul Kelly (CEO Fáilte Ireland). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

NEW PLAN: Fáilte Ireland has today launched a new plan that will help drive and sustain tourism in Killarney. Pictured at the launch in Killarney House are from left: Caitriona Ryan (Principal Officer National Parks-Strategy and Regional Operation) Josephine O'Driscoll (Lead Manager Wild Atlantic Way) Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr Marie Maloney Pat O'Leary (Kerry Tourism Industry Federation) Bernadette Randles (Irish Hotels Federation) Moira Murrell (Chief Executive Kerry County Council) Paul Kelly (CEO Fáilte Ireland) Miriam Kennedy (Head Wild Atlantic Way) President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Cllr Niall Kelleher Angela McAllen (Manager Killarney Municipal District). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

The aim is to create a sustainable tourism destination by extending the tourism season.

Key stakeholders in the area and the local community were consulted and inputted into the plan including Kerry County Council, Irish Hotel Federation, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Kerry Tourism Industry Federation, Kerry Convention Bureau and local tourism marketing groups as well as many local tourism operators and networks.

The focus of the plan builds on a number of destination development projects that will bring local experiences to life including Muckross House, Torc Waterfall and Killarney House along with cycling trails that will encourage visitors to discover the Muckross and Dinis Loop.

“This Destination and Experience Development Plan, which captures the unique themes central to Killarney, is about looking to the future of tourism in the region and will be hugely important as we work towards a sustained and sustainable recovery," Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, said.

"It provides a framework for tourism businesses and stakeholders to work in partnership over the next five years to create new and improved existing visitor experiences. Local consultation and input was central, and this collaborative approach provided local stakeholders with the opportunity to contribute and shape the plan."

Moira Murrell, Chief Executive, Kerry County Council added that she is "delighted to see the Killarney Destination and Experience Development Plan being launched".

"It is a great example of how collaboration is the key to building a sustainable tourism industry here in Killarney and will drive the economic growth for all Kerry," she said. 

"Outlined in the plan is a major project for Killarney which will examine the potential to capitalise on Killarney’s outdoor assets and re-imagine its stories through its urban spaces. Developments like this, through public realm and urban animation, have the potential to transform and re-imagine Killarney’s urban centre for both visitors and communities.”

Bernadette Randles, Irish Hotels Federation said that the "Wild Atlantic Way continues to be a phenomenal success and this DEDP gives us the opportunity as tourism businesses to capitalise on the popularity of the route and by enticing visitors to come to Killarney and Kerry particularly in the off peak season and stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and experience everything the town and the National Park has to offer.”

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Killarney hotels are still open for business

By Sean Moriarty Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation. […]

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Only a few of the town’s 37 hotels are homing displaced people – according to Bernadette Randles, chair of the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation.

This week she said that there’s still accommodation to be found in Killarney for visitors.

She was speaking in relation to the current accommodation situation facing International Protection Applicants and Ukrainian war refugees.

She explained that there is a perception that Killarney has taken in too many refugees and that it is putting the tourism industry at risk as people are starting to think that the town is at full capacity.

“If you can’t get a room in Killarney there is something wrong,” she said. “Maybe with the exception of New Year’s Eve.”

She added that hotels that are providing emergency accommodation are helping off-season unemployment.

Many hotels remain in survival mode after two years of pandemic turmoil and the additional off season business is important, she explained.

“Many could be closed at this time of the year, others would not be operating at full capacity,” she added.

However, she warned the Government needs to put a plan in place before the tourism season starts next year. Some hotels offering emergency accommodation either have a three or six month contract.

“I can see there will be tears next April – the Government must have a long-term plan,” she said.

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Homing refugees worth almost €14m

By Sean Moriarty Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees. The Department of Children, […]

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Hotels, B&Bs and other accommodation suppliers in the Killarney area have secured contracts in excess of €13 million to accommodate Ukraine war refugees.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth released figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

Documents show that contracts totalling €13,852,255.00 are being shared between 13 premises in the Killarney urban area.

However, the department warned these figures are “indicative” only and the full value of the contracts depends on “occupancy and actual usage”.

The Eviston Hotel has secured a contract worth €5,727,590.00, the Innisfallen Hotel in Fossa for €2,404,620.00 and The Hotel Killarney signed a deal worth €1,701,000.00. These are the three biggest contracts published in the documentation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and Department officials say more contracts could come on stream. Figures seen by the Killarney Advertiser only cover contracted premises up to the end of September this year and updated figures are only released every three months.

“We are in contract with far more, but the formal exchange of contracts can take place sometime after the service commences,” a department spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is obliged to publish a list of contracts formally signed off each quarter that have been awarded under a special EU Derogation that permits the Department to enter into contracts in the context of the Ukraine accommodation crisis without going to formal tender.

“The values of the contracts shown are estimates; the actual value materialises upon occupancy and actual usage. Standard contracts have no-fault break clauses available to both parties so again, the figures are indicative rather than actual.”

These figures only cover Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war and do not include International Protection Applicants.

The Department refused to release International Protection Applicant figures to the Killarney Advertiser.

“The International Protection Applicant accommodation contract information is commercially sensitive information and is not available,” added the Department spokesperson.

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