About us

Board of Kilkenny Tourism PICTURE Vicky Comerford

About Kilkenny Tourism

As a shared collective, Kilkenny Tourism CLG strives to increase the economic impact of continued investment in Kilkenny’s tourism sector and maximize the audience reach.

As the primary vehicle by which marketing and communication strategies are implemented, Kilkenny Tourism CLG engages with Kilkenny Leader Partnership (KLP), the O.P.W., Coillte, Waterways Ireland, Kilkenny Civic Trust, Fáilte Ireland, Kilkenny County Council and Tourism Ireland to refine the tourism offering. Kilkenny is a “hero site” within Fáilte Ireland’s “Ireland’s Ancient East” campaign – the tourism stakeholders are targeting increasing visitor numbers with a number of major marketing and branding campaigns, consistent with Kilkenny’s history and heritage.

This is a voluntary group of nominated sectoral representatives who work together to enhance the tourist experience.

The Board of Kilkenny Tourism CLG

The Board of Kilkenny Tourism is made up of volunteers from the Tourism Industry . Following the 2019 AGM, the current board members are:

  • Colin Ahern, Chairperson  – Hotels

  • Michael Prendergast, SecretarySelf Catering

 

Directors             

  • Joanna Hannick – Hotels

  • Julie Calder-Potts – Food Producers

  • Jaki Jordan – OPW

  • Mairead Rohan – KLP

  • Ciaran Conroy – Heritage & Culture

  • Christopher Heltzel – Jewellers / Crafts

  • Garreth Alcorn  Activities / Outdoor Pursuits

  • Jimmy Walsh – GAA

  • Pat Crotty – Vintners

  • Deirdre Shine – Chamber of Commerce

  • Trish Murphy – Hotels

  • Mairead O’Dwyer – Guesthouses/B&B/Hostels

  • Milko Mihaylov – Food & Drink

  • Carmel Nolan – Food & Drink

 

Benefits of Membership of Kilkenny Tourism

Why Should You Join?

Kilkenny Tourism is a collective marketing body that is concerned with promoting Kilkenny city and county to the domestic and international tourism markets, and influencing the long-term strategic development of Kilkenny City and County. Our vision is that Kilkenny becomes the number one premium tourism destination in Ireland.

We aim to do this by:-

  • Marketing and promoting the visitor experience to the international and domestic markets
  • Representing the diversity of tourism offerings across the entire county of Kilkenny to customers
  • Assisting and supporting members to sell the destination and the visitor experience
  • Collaborating with agencies and other stakeholders to influence tourism development

For applications contact: info@kilkennytourism.ie

Marketing and PR

Our marketing and public relations activities are carried out by TL Marketing.

They bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts across a range of sectors which is a direct benefit to all members. It is their role to ensure all sectors are equally represented and that the entire county of Kilkenny is being promoted Nationally and Internationally. Their aim is to increase the exposure of Kilkenny Tourism and as a consequence increase visitor numbers and length of stay.

Kilkenny Tourism Website

The Kilkenny Tourism Website (visitkilkenny.ie) promotes the destination of Kilkenny and Kilkenny Tourism Members. We hope the vibrancy and dynamism of the destination is captured by the imagery, showcasing the contemporary meets classic appeal of this beautiful place.