Tourism promoters are hoping to entice more visitors to the county with a new, state of the art website, writes Liam Cosgrove.
Committee members and staff connected to Longford's County Tourism Committee are currently assembling a major online offensive which they hope will kick-start Longford's tourism fortunes.
The new site, labelled visitlongford.ie, is being billed as the first port of call for those looking to access accomodation and local information when visiting the county.
Committee chairman, Cllr Micheál Carrigy urged local businesses to come on board in a bid to promote the fledgling website.
“We have started work on it already,” he said.
“What we plan to provide is up to the minute information for people with videos, photographs, accommodation and a full calendar of events for the year.”
The Fine Gael councillor said a date of sometime early in the new year has been pencilled in for the website's official launch.
But before that can happen, Cllr Carrigy said accommodation providers and those involved in the local tourism sector needed to come on board.
“For this to be successful we need business people to forward the information,pictures and videos to our site,” he stressed.
Cllr Carrigy said while the onus would be focused on reaching out to its domestic customer base, the potential to tap into the overseas market was huge.
“This is about bringng us up on a par with everyone else by giving people a dedicated, interactive website.
“We will be working on the international end of things as well and it's about doing things as professionally as we can,” he said.
Given the recent onset of various walkways, tourist and rebel trails across the county, the Ballinalee postmaster said now was the perfect time to enhance those attractions.
“It will also promote The Royal Canal, Corlea Trackway our Woodland walks and our arts and culture,” he said.
“But the sooner we get the information, the quicker we can develop the site and get it up and running.”
For more, visit www.longford.ie or phone (043) 3342577.