Another Successful Rose Festival Generated Millions For Local Economy

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THE general consensus around this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival was that it was another big success for local hospitality businesses in the town and that there were hardly any crime incidents.

Ken Tobin, Managing Consultant with Tralee Chamber Alliance, said the feedback from town centre businesses was very positive.

“From a business perspective, this was one of the most successful festivals in recent years. The Rose of Tralee is an event that generates in excess of €10m for the local economy every year and it is fundamental to the business life of the town. From a community perspective it’s one of those events that brings the entire town — volunteers, the general public and businesses — together every year,” he said.

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“The crowds were up and crime incidents were way down. It’s all down to the Garda presence on the street, they were out in force. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves,” he added.

The free entertainment also went down a storm and thousands of people attended the parades, the Aslan and Hothouse Flowers concerts. Families were more than catered for in the town park with all the kiddies attractions and free shows.

The weather was mainly dry too which helped keep the crowds around.  Well done to the Festival organisers and all the volunteers who devote their time to making it a fantastic family event.

Ken Tobin said the Chamber Alliance will be carrying out an economic impact assessment report on the Festival in partnership with AIB Tralee, which will be due in November.

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