West Cork on radar of cruise ships

“You couldn’t buy this type of publicity,” said James Fogarty, a senior official at Cork County Council, beaming in delight at the latest issue of the bible for cruise ship company executives.

The council has been helping to spearhead a drive to get more cruise ships to anchor at Bantry and Glengarriff and the latest issue of Cruise Business Review, which is the bible for cruise company executives, should do wonders for that effort.

Two journalists working for the globally distributed publication came to Ireland to do a feature on what sights the country had to offer.

A large proportion of the several pages they produced highlight the West Cork region in particular.

“This article not only represents a great opportunity to promote West Cork to the decision-makers in the cruise industry, but also to the wider tourism market,” Mr Fogarty said.

“It gives immediate recognition of the destination as a calling card for when the council and the Port of Bantry and Port of Cork visit the cruise companies and operators and presents Bantry and Glengarriff as a viable destination for smaller cruise ships.

“This magazine is also going to be on the stands at the yearly major cruise industry conference in Florida in March where Cruise Ireland has a stand every year.”

A delegation from Cork is heading to the world cruise exhibition which will take place in Miami on St Patrick’s Day and they’re very confident of boosting cruise visitor numbers to the region in the coming years.

It’s the epicentre of the global cruise industry and the only event guaranteed to bring together every facet of the business including cruise lines, suppliers, travel agents and partners.

It’s expected this year that some 900 exhibitors from 125 countries will attend the event, providing Cork with a great marketing opportunity.

In the Cruise Business Review feature, the journalists praised the Beara and Sheep’s Head peninsulas and outlined a number of places to visit in West Cork, including Bantry House.

They also detailed the numerous nature trails, hiking paths and cycleways all along the coast and through inland woods, valleys, mountains, and around lakes, as well as commenting on the pretty towns and villages, arts and craft shops, galleries, farmers’ markets, restaurants, and traditional family-owned Irish pubs in the area.

Port of Cork marketing manager Captain Michael McCarthy pointed out that multimillion-euro improvements are made in Bantry Harbour to accommodate visits by more small and medium-sized cruise ships, which can carry up to 1,000 passengers.

The pier is to be upgraded so it can accommodate up to 15 coaches at a time which will bring passengers on tours of the region.


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