Longford fiercely determined to climb the ladder in the tourism industry

Longford Tourism officials held an insightful strategic advisory conference last Thursday.

Déirdre Orme, the new Chief Executive of Knights and Conquests, Granard, highlighted that the County Tourism Strategy will set out the overall vision for tourism in County Longford, with the aim of developing and developing a thriving tourism sector.

In recent years, the opening of Center Parcs Longford Forest, Knights & Conquests Visitor Center and Royal Canal Greenway, combined with projects such as the Corlea Bog Amenity Walk and the development and improvement of various cycling and walking paths, make Longford increasingly attractive as a tourist destination.

Last week’s conference brought together leading providers of activities, entertainment, attractions and accommodation including Longford Sports Partnership, Midlands Cycle Hub – Bike Hire, Castlecor House, Backstage Theater and Knights and Conquests Heritage Centre.

Déirdre Orme commented: “County Longford is at the heart of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. We have something to offer every visitor, whatever their interests.

She added: “We have our own ‘Lakes of Killarney’, breathtaking views from Molly Hill and Cairn Hill surrounded by an ancient landscape of dolmens, sacred sites and of course the highest motte and bailey in Ireland! The great River Shannon and the Royal Canal Greenway are waiting to be explored by footpath, cycle path, kayak or cruiser.

Déirdre continued: “Leave it to our people, who represent this great County Longford with so much passion and pride. They are our ambassadors; our accommodation and restaurant hosts, tourist guides, musicians, sportsmen, poets, writers, artists and actors.

Déirdre concluded by saying that it is everyone’s objective to move forward collectively as best they can.

“Mar a deir an seanfhocal… ní neart go cur le chéile. County Longford is and will be rising through the ranks of the tourism industry.”

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