Great response to new Marine Tourism Course at LYIT Killybegs

Great response to new Marine Tourism Course at LYIT Killybegs
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A new and unique Marine Tourism Course at LYIT Killybegs is up and running and all available places on the course have been taken.

The course which leads to a Certificate in Marine Tourism and Seafood Fundamentals is part of the wider Donegal Atlantic Coastal Trail project which aims to promote County Donegal as a world-class marine leisure and seafood destination.

The course aims to assist business owners and employees of all types of tourism enterprises to gain a greater understanding of our seafood and the marine & coastal tourism industry -- which is so important in Donegal. This course, offered as a Level 6 Special Purpose Award is being delivered one day per week at LYIT’s School of Tourism, Killybegs Campus and lasts 13 weeks in total.

This course which started on Wednesday, 21st September, was developed by LYIT’s School of Tourism in collaboration with Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Sean Duffy, Head of LYIT’s School of Tourism said he was delighted at the uptake for the course which offers the students a unique window into the seafood and marine industry and he added he was confident all the participants would benefit hugely from the information imparted over 13 weeks by a myriad range of experts from the sector.

The modules will be offered to participants by LYIT staff, in conjunction with a panel of guest lecturers. The content will be delivered via lectures, seminars, workshops familiarisation visits and excursions.

About Donegal’s Atlantic Coastal Trail

Donegal’s Atlantic Coastal Trail is an innovative food and marine tourism project focused on marine leisure and seafood experiences, which will advance rural, coastal and island economic development in County Donegal. The goal of this project is to raise awareness of the excellent marine leisure and seafood opportunities on the Donegal coast and islands and to encourage local communities to experience our own marine leisure activities and seafood coast that is right on our doorstep and perhaps unexplored.

The inclusion of the islands adds an additional unique element to the project where visitors can experience something different and unexplored. The project will help local marine leisure activity providers, restaurants and pubs to work together to bundle their offering and create experiential packages that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. This will reduce seasonality by offering experiences that are available all year long.

Donegal’s Atlantic Coastal Trail is promoting the further development of tourism along the coast of Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas scheme (CEDRA), Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta.