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    Visitor Attractions taking centre stage

    New Management Development Programme launches to develop memorable tourism experiences

    Managers of visitor attractions from across the East and South regions are coming together to take part in Fáilte Ireland’s first ever “Visitor Attraction – Management Development Programme”.  The new programme has been custom designed to meet the rapidly changing expectations of our visitors and the desire to really connect with a destination.

    International tourism is undergoing a transformation in how it is developed, marketed and managed, driven by rapidly changing visitor expectations.  There is increasing emphasis being placed on 'experiences' by consumers and visitor attractions are central to this, giving the history and stories of the place.  

    Speaking at the launch, Colm Breheny from Fáilte Ireland said –

    “Visitor attractions are central to delivering the memorable experiences that our visitors are looking for.  They allow visitors to immerse themselves in the surroundings, interact with people and hear the history and stories of the place.”

    “Taking time to understand the components of and develop a business plan based on researched customer trends will ensure that Ireland’s Visitor Attractions will be on the ‘bucket list’ of tourists worldwide”

    Over the next six months local managers and owners will take part in six modules focussing on all areas of management as well as a residential in York where they will see first-hand how visitor attractions are helping to provide memorable experiences for visitors. 

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    List of Visitor Attractions participating in the Programme

    Kilkenny
    St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower
    Smithwicks Experience Kilkenny
    Rothe House & Gardens

    Waterford
    Waterford Treasures - The Bishop’s Palace
    Mount Congreve Estate

    Wexford
    JF Kennedy Trust Ltd
    Hook Lighthouse
    Irish National Heritage Park

    Cork
    Cobh Heritage Centre
    Camden Fort Meagher
    Spike Island, Cork
    CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory
    Lifetime lab
    Cork Butter Museum
    Titanic Experience Cobh Ltd
    Irish Heritage Trust [Fota House & Gardens]

    Wicklow
    Powerscourt Estate
    Russbourough House
    Killruddery House

    Kildare
    Irish National Stud Company Ltd.

    Meath
    Causey Farm
    Office of Public Works - Bru Na Boinne & Battle of the Boyne
    Tayto Park

    Louth
    Beaulieu House

    Dublin
    Office of Public Works -Rathfarnham Castle

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