Kerry flags are flying high and with pride

Celebrating Kerry’s tourism success were, seated from left, Moira Murrell, Chief Executive Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley, Mayor of Kerry and Niamh O’Shea, Chairperson, Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels Federation with, at back from left, Mark Sullivan, Rose Hotel, Anne Marie Collins, International Hotel, Donal Liston, Ballybunion Community Forum, Siobhan Ní Mathúna, The Meadowlands, Maurice O’Donoghue, The Brehon/Gleneage Group, Emer Corridon, Cahernane House, Thys Vogels, Ballygarry House, Heather MacIver, The Meadowlands, Helen Woods Heaton and Brian Heaton, Castlewood House, Sheila O’Callaghan, Lake Hotel, Ruth O’Sullivan, Manor West Hotel, Padraig McGillicuddy,Ballygarry House and Joan McCarthy, Head of Tourism, Kerry County Council

PERHAPS not surprisingly, given that it is the shining jewel in the crown of Irish tourism, Kerry has been picking up a number of prestigious awards throughout the month of January with several hotels and guesthouses across the county also coming tops in various awards schemes including the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019.

The county was also represented at the finals of the Irish Tourism Industry Federation Awards which give recognition to and promote people, companies and organisations – overseas and at home – that have made significant contributions to developing, marketing, selling and delivering improved visitor experiences.

The Gleneagle Group won an award for its accessibility strategy which included the launch of a new wheelchair accessible bus officially launched by accessibility advocate, Joanne O’Riordan

Kerry County Council was a finalist in the best international marketing initiative category, Parknasilla Resort and Spa was a finalist in the best Wild Atlantic Way tourism experience category and the overall winner of the best innovative place to stay went to The Gleneagle Group for its accessibility strategy.

Irish Independent readers also voted Kerry as their number one home holiday destination in its 2019 Reader Travel Awards.

“The awards are all the more special because readers voted with their feet, literally. Our beautiful and amazing county is where they chose to spend their holidays and the destination they would recommend to a friend,” said Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Norma Foley.

“The awards are testament to the wonderful work being done by everybody in the industry to promote what Kerry has to offer to visitors and has focused the spotlight on Kerry as a premier tourist destination,” she said.

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