Donegal's coastline a vital asset


Donegal's coastline a vital asset
by Matt Britton @Britpix

At a crowded conference on Marine Tourism on Friday morning last in the Central Hotel in Donegal Town a Scottish Marine Tourism Expert said that the 1,400km of coastline in the county is one of our most valuable tourism assets.

Alan Rankin from Ciogach Consulting in Scotland who spoke at the Marine Tourism Seminar highlighted the opportunities on how technology can reach out and promote product offerings to a global audience.

The large attendance were also told how Scotland “Awakened the Giant” to make the most of their 8,000 km of coastline provided plenty of food for thought for tourism interests attending.

Hosted by Donegal County Council in association with Donegal Tourism Ltd., the seminar featured a number of high profile keynote speakers from the sector. Dr. Peter Bolan from the University of Ulster talked about harnessing the power of digital for your marine tourism business,Olivia Crossan from An Taisce’s Clean Coast initiative, Joy Harron, Marine Tourism Officer with Donegal Tourism and Adrian Harkin from Inish Adventures.

An interesting Q&A session took place at the end of the seminar and this provided attendees with the opportunity to discuss topics in greater detail with the expert panel of speakers.

With the new Leisure Marina due to open in Killybegs in early August Cllr. Niamh Kennedy said, “Today’s conference was very informative and showed the opportunities that are out there in Marine tourism. We have miles upon miles of spectacular rugged coastline which all form part of the Atlantic Way - it is an opportunity to really develop a sustainable tourism product in areas which are devoid of other employment.

“Killybegs has for many years been regarded as the premier fishing port in the country, we also enjoy large traffic from the visiting liners and now with the opening of the leisure marina we are well positioned to take advantage of these opportunities.”

Pictured: Cllr. Terrence Slowey, Mayor of Donegal along with Joy Harron, Liam Ward and Trevor Scanlon of Donegal Co. Council and Cllrs. Niamh Kennedy, Tom Conaghan, MarieTherese Gallagher and Noel Jordan.