16 December 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth
Established in 2013 to promote the tourism opportunity in South and East Cork, the Ring of Cork held its AGM this week in Fota and reported the success of the organisation to date.
Tourism figures have increased in the towns on the Ring of Cork, from Cobh, Midleton, Youghal, Crosshaven/Carrigaline and Ballincollig and members, comprising hospitality and leisure business owners in the Region, reported their satisfaction with the activities of the Ring of Cork over the last year.
“The Ring of Cork has been vital to ensure that the towns in South and East Cork are front of mind, and highly visible to tourists – both domestic and international. We have a great tourism product here and it really is about promoting the assets and community in the Region to benefit the Region’s overall economy,” said Ryan Howard, CEO SECAD.
Currently the Ring of Cork has a vibrant Christmas campaign to attract domestic shoppers in Munster to visit towns such as Midleton, Ballincollig, Carrigaline, Cobh and Youghal to soak up a magical Christmas atmosphere with outdoor and indoor markets, carol singing on the streets and Christmas artisan food and craft stalls to guarantee a festive visit.
Ring of Cork will be exhibiting at Holiday World 2016 at the RDS in Dublin in the New Year, and has an extensive calendar of events lined up to keep South & East Cork front of mind for visitors and tourists to Ireland in 2016.