Launching the County Wexford Tourism Strategy 2019-2023 in the vivacious surroundings of the new Visitor Centre at Johnstown Castle this evening, Cllr Michael Sheehan, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, said the adoption of this Tourism Strategy means an agreed road map to achieve the vision set for County Wexford “to become one of Ireland’s most compelling tourism destinations and in doing so improve the quality of life of people and communities throughout the county.”
Chief Executive Officer, Wexford County Council, Tom Enright said the inclusion of Wexford in Ireland’s Ancient East is of huge importance in providing greater opportunities for overseas visitors to discover this beautiful county. “ I look forward to the implementation of the Strategy and I am confident that this strategy will help to develop and grow tourism in County Wexford over the coming years,” he concluded.
Colm Neville, Chairman of Wexford Tourism, was loud in his praise for the Tourism Strategy which he felt was an excellent product that would create year-round sustainable tourism business and that it would bring people and communities together.
Aideen Dowling from Failte Ireland spoke about the importance of Wexford tourism and its place as part of Ireland’s Ancient East and the promotion of its many visitor attractions.
In terms of overall measurable, the strategy is seeking to increase tourism revenue by 18.7% and visitor number by 12%, and in doing so, creating approximately 800 new jobs in the county.
Brenda Comerford, General Manager, The Irish Heritage Trust, Johnstown Castle, who hosted the launch, gave an outline of the new Visitor Centre and added her welcome for the Tourism Strategy.
The attendance included Minister Paul Kehoe, Deputies James Browne and Brendan Howlin, Mayor of Wexford Cllr George Lawlor, other councillors and a large gathering from the tourism sector.
Liz Hore, Head of Enterprise and Development, acted as master of ceremonies, welcomed the 60 or so invited guests in attendance, and introduced the speakers.