Tourism is one of Ireland’s largest and fastest growing indigenous Industries. Following a period of public consultation and stakeholder engagement, Westmeath County Council has prepared a Tourism Strategy for County Westmeath 2016-2020. The Strategy sets out a number of specific measures to ensure that the tourism product in Westmeath is successfully developed to its full potential and positively contributes to the economic and social wellbeing of the county and the wider region.
A ‘Shared Ambition’ document has been produced for the Mid-Shannon and Lough Ree area as part of collaborative work involving Westmeath, Roscommon, Longford and Offaly County Councils, along with Waterways Ireland, NPWS and Bord na Mona. This document highlights to potential of this area from a tourism, environmental and community perspective and sets out a collective ambition of how this potential could be harnessed.
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Athlone’s Storybook – The Interpretive Framework
By gathering the ideas of the February workshop attendees and others we met in Athlone and further afield, four key overarching interpretive themes have emerged that relate directly to the geographical reality of Athlone and its hinterland. Within these themes are a number of sub-themes, and supporting these, stories. This structure sets out ways for each community, group or business to find their place within the wider structure and make connections. Some projects or places will overlap across themes or sub-themes, but all will build up to a compelling visitor experience.
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