Tourism Development

Tourism for All

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
dlr County
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Many tourists have some kind of access need and if a business or a destination does not cater for these needs, the upshot is that they will go elsewhere.

We are one of the first Local Authorities in Ireland to set its sights on growing the accessible tourism market this year and beyond. The core aim is to make the county and its attractions accessible for tourists of all ages and abilities. 


This project is being driven by An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Tom Murphy, who has said

Good access in facilities, products, and services is not only of benefit to visitors but it’s also necessary for all our citizens. We need to bring everyone into this discussion, our public bodies, private businesses, tourism service providers, institutions, associations, community groups and the general public in developing Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown as a destination for all.

In implementing this project, Director of Service, Mary T Daly, highlighted the need for an organisational approach to this topic. She has facilitated an inter departmental programme of accessible tourism training in dlr.  We are also in the process of completing a pilot accessibility audit of the main tourist access points in the area.

On 26 April, dlr will host a tourism conference which will bring together local, national and international organisations who will use real case studies to highlight how accessibility and inclusion as quality factors in tourism can have a positive economic impact.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown as a county has a lot to offer with our wonderful natural assets of the mountains and the sea. We need to have a conversation about how we can improve our offering as a tourist destination, with a focus on delivering tourism for all.