Spike Island targets 70,000 visitors & other news from Ireland’s tourism industry



Spike Island the former prison in Cork harbour which opened June as a visitor attraction, is targetting 70,000 visitors a year. Norman Crowley’s Cool Planet Experience, due to open in 2017 in a two-story building beside the Powerscourt Gardens, has set a target of 45,000 visitors in their first year. Exhibits are to be installed by Martello Media.

Dublin Zoo mourned the death of 19 year old silverback, Harry the Gorilla, father of six and one of its main attractions.

‘Tubs’ Stamp of Approval for New Wild Atlantic Way Passport! (2)Ryan Tubridy broadcast along the Wild Atlantic Way this week as part of a promotion with Fáilte Ireland. Picture shows him getting his souvenir WAW passport stamped in Buncrana post office. The passport costs €10 and is available to buy at over 130 post offices.

This week Fáilte Ireland is hosting a group of high profile international journalists on a trip to Skellig Michael to follow in Luke Skywalker’s footsteps to see for themselves how the force was awakened. The journalists visit is being hosted and managed by Fáilte Ireland in collaboration with Tourism Ireland. The group are pictured on their way to Skellig Michael with Ellen Redmond, Fáilte Ireland and local guides Lucey Burke and Will Collins. Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan

Fifty members of the inbound trade attended Castles and Conquests, a workshop in Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny on Ireland’s Ancient East.

A group of travel agents representing the luxury market visited Ireland to experience Ireland’s Ancient East, the Wild Atlantic Way and Dublin—A Breath of Fresh Air.




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