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Food Tourism Insights Oct 2016

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Part of the Bite Size Tourism Initiative

Our vision for food tourism states: ‘Ireland will be recognised by visitors for memorable food experiences that evoke a sense of place, culture and hospitality.' Find out more about the support Fáilte Ireland provides to the tourism and hospitality industry. In this podcast, Dr Dean Panter of Fáilte Ireland speaks with Sinead Hennessy of Fáilte Ireland who introduces us to the concept of food tourism, types of food experiences available and the challenges in this growing area. 

Dean Panter

This podcast is presented by Dr. Dean Panter, who takes the opportunity to interview Sinead Hennessy from Fáilte Ireland. Dean has worked at the sharp end of Tourism and Hospitality both in the trade and in a training / education capacity over the last forty years and has been responsible for a number of key initiatives within Fáilte Ireland both nationally and internationally. Dean currently works for Fáilte Ireland in the capacity of National Business Operations Manager, hospitality division and is based in Limerick.

This podcast focuses on food tourism in Ireland. Research has shown that food tourism is a fast growing market, both at home and internationally, and one in which Ireland is well placed to capitalise on. The current levels of activity relating to food, and the interest around local and traditional food producers and traditions, shows that there is much to be proud of.

In Ireland, the food experiences that tourism businesses offer allow us to share the story of our history, culture and people though our three brand experiences: the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's Ancient East and Dublin: ‘A breath of fresh air’.

Edward Meade - Failte Ireland

Sinead Hennessy’s role as Fáilte Ireland Food Tourism Officer includes responsibility for the delivery of the strategic plan for food tourism nationally. Prior to joining the Food Tourism team she worked in International Leisure Sales, a role in which she continued to work closely with industry. Sinead studied Hospitality Management at CIT and Business Management at University of Limerick. She is committed to working closely with tourism industry to differentiate Ireland as a food tourism destination. She also wants to enhance the 'food in tourism’ experience of every visitor and believes Ireland can deliver an authentic food experience, in a natural and honest way.

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