The plan of action for a tourism boost for Co Longford was presented to members of the public at Corlea Visitor’s Centre in Kenagh last Tuesday night.
Seadhna Ryan told those in attendance that great work that had been done throughout the county with regard to walkways, cycle routes and water activities - development, he added, that would ensure Longford’s status as a major attraction for tourists in the months and years ahead.
“The Wild Atlantic Way, The Great Western Greenway and the Shannon Blueway have brought Longford to a crossroads that will be of major tourism significance,” said Mr Ryan.
“Central to all of this is the development of a trials hub which has been developed both north and south of the county. From Loch Gowna and Derrycasson Woods in the north to Newcastle Woods and Lough Ree in the south, a network has been created and the aim now is to connect theses wonderful amenities through these trails.
“Often the real connection and the reason people come back to a place is because of the welcome they get.”
Mr Ryan went on to tell those attending last week’s meeting that the Royal Canal Greenway went from Dublin to Clondra and that Clondra had also been included in the Shannon Blueway project.
“This means that Longford is providing a very unique tourism product,” Mr Ryan continued. We plan to develop a network of ambassadors in Co Longford to provide that welcome and impart as much knowledge about the areas as we can to those that come to visit us.
“We have also created a tourism brochure and tourists now have something that will help to navigate themselves around the county.”
The meeting also heard that the Longford tourism website had been upgraded, a new app was in the pipeline and a fully resourced tourism office was open for business on the Market Square in Longford town.
Mr Ryan also pointed out that it was imperative for the county to enhance the ‘visitor experience’, eventually building on an already excellent tourism product in the county.
“We hope over the next few weeks to establish the network and are inviting as many people as possible to come on board,” he concluded.
For more on this story, see this week’s Longford Leader.