Cavan County Council today launched its Tourism Development Plan 2017 – 2022, a road map for nurturing and growing tourism enterprise in the county.
The plan was launched at the award-winning Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff by Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Councillor Paddy McDonald, with a keynote speech by Irish Independent Travel Editor and National Geographic contributor, Pól Ó Conghaile.
Developed by CHL consultants in collaboration with Cavan Tourism Development Office and with the input of the tourism trade in the county, this comprehensive document charts a course for the positioning of Cavan as a tourism destination, the development of tourism infrastructure, collaboration between industry and the local authority, and the promotion and marketing of County Cavan.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Ó Conghaile said that Cavan was on the cusp of a number of popular tourism trends such as walking, waterways and local heritage, further noting that the local experience, humour and warmth was a huge asset to the County.
“The future of Cavan tourism is in this room,” said Mr Ó Conghaile, adding that “exciting times” lay ahead for Cavan tourism.
Officially launching the plan, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Councillor Paddy McDonald, said that Cavan had a lot to offer visitors and paid tribute to both council staff and members of the local tourism trade who had done so much to put Cavan on the map.
Cllr McDonald noted that the county’s participation in regional tourism initiatives like the UNESCO Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and Ireland’s Ancient East were positive developments for the county, which helped bring our tourism product to a wider audience.
“Cavan has been one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets for many years, but that is beginning to change,” said Cllr McDonald.
Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Mr Tommy Ryan, echoed these sentiments, adding that the warm welcome received by visitors to the county played a huge role in securing repeat visits, a major factor in Cavan’s status as one of Ireland’s most-visited inland counties.
Mr Ryan said that one of the core objectives of the Cavan Tourism Development Plan was to drive tourism through increased collaboration between the local authority and the private sector.
“We are confident that utilising the hands-on experience of our tourism trade at a strategic level will reap great dividends for Cavan tourism”, said Mr Ryan.
Chair of the Economic Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), Cllr John Paul Feeley noted that, just as all sections of the local authority work together to improve the Cavan tourist offering, so too, do local businesses, not just traditional tourism businesses but service providers across the full spectrum of industry.
“Every business in this county is a tourism service provider; they all have something to offer, they’re all ambassadors for their communities providing services to the local community, but also used by those who come and visit. The impression they make is very important,” said Cllr Feeley.
Pictured at Cavan County Museum at the launch of the Cavan Tourism Development Plan 2017-2022 were Colm Breheny, Fáilte Ireland; Cllr Paddy O’Reilly; Cllr Sarah O’Reilly; Tony Dawson, Fáilte Ireland; Cllr Clifford Kelly; Tony Walker, Slieve Russell Hotel; Gráinne O’Connor, Tourism Officer, Cavan County Council; Pól Ó Conghaile, Irish Independent Travel Editor; Cllr Paddy McDonald, Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council; Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive, Cavan County Council; Ali Curran, CHL Consultants; Richard Jack, Coillte; Cllr John Paul Feeley, Chair Cavan County Council Economic Strategic Policy Committee; Deputy Brendan Smith; Brendan O’Reilly, Breffni Integrated.
Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive Cavan County Council, Colm Breheny, Fáilte Ireland, Cathaoirleach Cllr Paddy McDonald, and Tony Dawson admire the Ireland’s Ancient East Orientation Sign at Cavan County Museum at the launch of the new Cavan Tourism Development Plan 2017-2022 at Cavan County Museum.
Cllr John Paul Feeley, Chair Cavan County Council Economic Strategic Policy Committee; Gráinne O’Connor, Tourism Officer, Cavan County Council; Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive, Cavan County Council; Cllr Paddy McDonald, Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council; Ali Curran, CHL Consultants, and Pól Ó Conghaile, Irish Independent Travel Editor at the launch of the new Cavan Tourism Development Plan 2017-2022 at Cavan County Museum.
Renowned travel writer Pól Ó Conghaile, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council Cllr Paddy McDonald and Chief Executive Tommy Ryan peruse the new Cavan Tourism Development Plan 2017-2022 at Cavan County Museum.