Over 100 Tourism Businesses and Community Groups to attend major Connemara networking event

Over 100 Connemara tourism businesses, community representatives and festival and events organisers are to attend a major networking meeting from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Thursday 5th March in the Connemara Coast Hotel.

Kindly supported by Galway County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta the aim of the event is to familiarise everyone in Connemara with each other’s product offering and in turn deliver a range of networked experiences that will entice new visitors to Connemara in 2015 and 2016.

The event will build on many successful initiatives held in the past including the bundling event held in Kylemore Abbey in 2010 when over 160 representatives from the area gathered to begin a new momentum of working together.

Dominic O’Morain, Interim Chairman of Connemara Wild At Heart, stressed the importance now of maintaining Connemara’s great reputation for attracting domestic visitors while also focusing attention on ensuring that we increase the amount of high spending foreign visitors. To do this, Dominic stated,

“We need all those involved in tourism to collaboratively deliver innovative experiences that act as a catalyst to convince visitors to stay in Connemara. The event and follow up afterwards will ensure that we all work together to build knowledge about what we have to offer here in Connemara, network and cross sell. Understanding what our visitors want, being innovative and creative in meeting their needs and exceeding their expectations is what the event aims to initiate. This will win new business and ultimately keep us well ahead of our competitors”.

The facilitated networking session aims to encourage as many meetings as possible between tourism providers so that arrangements can be made to actively sell each other, Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way.

As main sponsor for this event Kevin Kelly, Chief Executive of Galway County Council said “Galway County Council is delighted to support this important tourism networking event.  Tourism is one of the key sectors contributing to our economy and Galway County Council is committed to working with businesses and all relevant partners to ensure that the sector realises its potential.  Events like this that brings together businesses to develop connections and business relationships is important.  It is very encouraging to see business leaders in the Connemara area take the initiative to organise the event and our pleasure to support it.”

To register your attendance at this event or for further information please contact

Karen Curry, First Western T: 071 91 65973; E: karen@firstwestern.ie before Friday 27th February, 2015