Developing new routes to Germany, Scandinavia, Northern Italy and France was the focus of a round table conference at Inchydoney on today Thursday March 26th with the Minister for tourism Paschal Donohue among those in attendance. The event which was attended by the management at Cork Airport as well as representatives of Failte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, the Irish Hotels Federation, Cork County Council and the Airport Development Authority discussed ways of better coordinating the marketing of West Cork to encourage airlines to develop new routes in to the Airport.
Speaking after the meeting the Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohue stressed how he was very confident in the future success of this initiative and was very confident in the ability of the Airport and its management team to continue to benefit from the growth in the number of Tourists visiting Ireland every year.
The organiser and Chair of the event West Cork based Jim Daly TD expressed his hopes for further good news to come from Cork Airport resulting from the discussions at today’s conference. “I believe that the future success of Cork Airport is not related to any issues surrounding the debt or the old terminal but rather will come about by increased cooperation and focus by the agencies tasked with marketing Cork to the wider European market” stated Jim Daly who went on to outline the rationale for today’s meeting and what resulted from the conference. “The objective of today’s event was to identify a more cohesive approach from all stakeholders in selling the West Cork tourism product and to return back to the table in 3 months time to review the progress made by all parties responsible for promoting Cork.
The Minister has confirmed that he will return to West Cork before the end of the year to be appraised of the success of this approach to better coordinating the marketing of the area which by then will hopefully resulted in new routes being serviced from Cork Airport” concluded Jim Daly.