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Kerry hotelier takes part in Tourism Ireland’s sales blitz to Canada

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TOURISM BOOST: Pictured from front l-r were: Ron Lonsdale (Collette Vacations), Richard Byrne-Afoullouss (Adams & Butler), Ciaran Doherty and Dana Welch (Tourism Ireland) and Conor Duffy (Royal Irish Tours). Back l-r: Sandra Moffatt (Tourism Ireland), Genevieve Sheehan (Sheenco Travel), Carmel Flynn (Parknasilla Resort), Aidan McNally (Teeling Whiskey), Eugene Garrighy (Doolin2Aran Ferries) on day one of the Tourism Ireland sales mission in London, Ontario.

 

Tourism Ireland, together with a delegation of 13 Irish and Canadian companies – including Parknasilla Resort & Spa, has been undertaking a three-city sales blitz to Canada this week. They met with group tour organisers and travel agents in the cities of London in South-west Ontario, Ottawa and Montreal – to continue to grow Ireland’s share of this important travel market.

The sales blitz involved a B2B workshop and networking session in each city, where Parknasilla Resort & Spa and the other Irish companies had the opportunity to sell to influential Canadian travel professionals – telling them about the many opportunities Ireland offers for group travel, as well as highlighting ease of access from Canada to Ireland, our rich heritage and culture and superb cuisine.

“We are delighted that so many key decision-makers from the group travel sector in Canada took the time to meet with our tourism partners from Ireland this week,” Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said. “Travel agents and tour operators remain an important booking channel for Canadian holidaymakers – so, a key element of our annual programme of activity involves working closely with the travel trade, both online and offline.”

In 2018, we welcomed 244,000 Canadian visitors to the island of Ireland, she added, with Tourism Ireland rolling out an extensive programme of promotions again in 2019, to build on that success.

 “We are undertaking an extensive and targeted programme of activity throughout 2019, to continue to grow Canadian visitor numbers to Kerry, the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland. Our sales blitz this week provides an excellent platform to kick-start our promotional effort for 2020. Our message here in Canada is that it has never been easier to get to Ireland, with more airline seats from more gateways than ever before.”

 

 

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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