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For this weeks Company focus we’re talking with the appropriately named, Stephen Place, from My Irish Guide.
This year Stephen founded My Irish Guide to keep up with the needs of the independent traveller in Ireland. Having worked in the tourism industry as a professional tour guide for over 8 years, he found myself asking if ” travellers experience the true essence of what Ireland has to offer”. So he put myself in their shoes – what would he like to do when visiting Ireland?
So he designed routes for 5 of the most popular driving routes and 1 walking tour of the capital, Dublin. And keeping up with latest technology and information, decided to market these uniquely personalized tours via downloadable apps.
Stephen talk to the Small Business Show about what it takes to develop an app and how he has plans to expand it in 2013.
The Irish Hotels Federation has called on the Government to take action in next month’s Budget 2013 to ensure tourism achieves a sustained recovery and lives up to its potential to create jobs and boost the economy.
In its pre-budget submission IHF said it would like to see the introduction of measures to improve tourism competitiveness, enable more effective marketing of Irish tourism and restore financial stability to the hotels sector, which currently employs over 50,000 direct jobs.
With overseas visitor numbers down almost 3% year to date and IHF said that declining visitor numbers from the British market, underscored the challenges faced in promoting Ireland as a tourist destination.
Mary Mulvey joins from Eco-Tourism Ireland and why explains why Ireland could be a global player in this emerging sector of tourism.
Eco-Tourism Ireland is an organisation set up to stimulate the development of ecotourism countrywide. To achieve these ends we have facilitated the development of an ecotourism quality label that we hope will stimulate the development of new ecotourism experiences in Ireland and at the same time defend the ethical values of existing ecotourism operators.
In addition the label has been designed to guide visitors travel choices and help them to choose promoters of ecotourism products and the experiences they have on offer.
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This segment of the Small Business Show was broadcast on Saturday 28th of July.
Irish hotels and guesthouses in regional tourism areas are seeing a disappointing start to the summer season, according to the latest Irish Hotels Federation (IHF). In a Quarterly Barometer Report there was increased business in urban areas, but showed poorer performances across the rest of the country.
Nationally, 55% of hoteliers have seen an increase in business compared with this time last year, with Dublin, Cork and Galway seein increased activity concentrated around business and event tourism. However, outside the main urban areas, the anticipated upturn in tourism has failed to materialise with occupancy levels lagging in many seasonal hotels and resorts, particularly along the west coast.
In the barometer business gave their outlook for the next twelve months, 50% of hoteliers indicated they are optimistic; this compares to 64% with an optimistic outlook this time last year.
Results of the survey showed an overwhelmingly positive response to the Government’s decision to retain the 9% tourism VAT rate which is providing a vital lifeline for many businesses in the sector. 93% of hoteliers said the measure will continue to have a positive impact on business into 2013 while 50% say they are likely to take on additional staff over the next year as a direct result.
Tim Fenn, Chief Executive, IHF states that, despite an actual decline in visitor numbers for the first five months of the year, hoteliers had been optimistic for an upturn in business this summer but this has not materialised outside the large cities. He says: “Performance has been patchy at best and we’re now expecting business levels to be flat in many parts of the country which is severely disappointing given the very low visitor base we’re working off at 30% less than the peak in 2007
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is set to make changes to airworthiness requirements where pilots of Irish registered aircraft can visit the UK for up to 28 days under a general exemption.
It is hoped that the new arrangements could give a welcome boost to the tourism sector by simplifying the process by which UK recreational pilots can fly their aircraft to this country.
Kevin Humphreys, IAA Director Safety Regulation said: ‘This is a very positive initiative for the recreational aviation communities of both Ireland and the UK.
“Any UK-based licensed recreational pilot who fulfils the criteria will now be able to operate in Ireland for short periods under a general acceptance, thus greatly simplifying the process of flying a recreational aircraft from the UK to Ireland.
“We are confident this will lead to an increase in the numbers of pilots so doing which will bring a welcome boost to the tourism numbers from this sector.”