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Kerry tourism businesses target German market

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KERRY will have a strong presence at the CMT Fair, Europe’s largest consumer travel show, in Stuttgart, Germany next week (January 14-22). It is the first time that the tourist trade from all part of the county will be represented at the nine-day show and its part of the new aggressive marketing approach by the Destination Kerry Tourism Forum and Kerry County Council to attract even greater numbers of European visitors to the county. The travel fair is expected to attract 300,000 visitors.

The Ryanair flight from Frankfurt-Hahn to Kerry Airport has proved to be a major success for Kerry tourism and there will be additional direct flights from Germany to Shannon and Dublin during 2017.

Kerry Airport is currently pursuing new direct routes from Northern Germany to Kerry for 2018. The Destination Kerry stand will be part of the large Tourism Ireland display and be located next to the Star Wars exhibit which should attract a lot of interest. Tourism trade representatives from Killarney, Tralee, Dingle, Kenmare, Ballybunion, Castleisland, Ring of Kerry, North Kerry, Skelligs Coast, Valentia, and Kerry Airport will all be participating at different stages.

"The expansion of the continental European market is a key objective of the new Kerry County Tourism Strategy and Germany is the major player there," according to Joan McCarthy, Head of Tourism Development, Kerry County Council.

Germany is Ireland’s leading continental European market and has been growing steadily in recent years with 630,000 visiting in 2015, up 13% on the previous year. Tourism Ireland is projecting a further 7% increase this year.

“Forty-six per cent of all German visitors visit the South-West and Kerry is their preferred regional holiday destination. Kerry County Council recently hosted a visit by TUI, Germany’s largest tour operator, which is seeking to expand its Irish business,” said Joan McCarthy.

 


 
Above: Some of those who will be attending the travel show in Germany next week pictured at Kerry Airport; front, Pádraig Hanrahan (Ballybunion and Go Kerry), Vincent Kidd (Valentia); back, Triona Houlihan (Tralee Chamber Alliance), Celene Dureke (Tralee Chamber Alliance), Claudia Kohler (Kerry County Museum), John Griffin (Kerry County Council), Joan McCarthy (Kerry County Council) Basil Sheerin (Kerry Airport), Mary Hartnett (Killarney), Kieran Ruttledge (Tralee Chamber Alliance).

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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