Tourism Interests Invited To Hear Insights From Industry Expert At Free Seminar

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Dr Terry Stephens.

THE Kerry Tourism Industry Forum, supported by Fáilte Ireland, is hosting a seminar with renowned tourism industry expert, Dr Terry Stevens on Thursday, May 3, in The Brehon, Killarney.

The half day workshop will examine the future of tourism in Kerry. It is free and is open to industry owners and practitioners from throughout the county.

The aims of the workshop are, to provide participants with an insight into destination management, to provide and discuss examples of international best practice and to challenge many of the traditional views about destination development.

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Dr Stevens is an expert on destination development and a recognised specialist in events and sports tourism.

He numbers the UN World Tourism Organisation, UNESCO and UNDP among his many clients and is currently working on strategic destination development projects in New Zealand, Slovenia, Denmark Bulgaria, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and in Scotland.

He is a member of the UNWTO’s Global Tourism Performance Barometer Monitoring Group, the UNWTO’s Technical Expert on Sport and Tourism and is currently part of the UNWTO and World Tourism Cities Federation Research Group looking at performance areas in city tourism.

“It is clear that there are major shifts in the way destinations are organised, funded and governed in order to meet the challenges and the opportunities associated with the rapidly changing demands and expectations of both the visitor and the host community. The aim of the workshop will be to shed light on these trends and the implications for those responsible for tourism planning and development,” says Dr Terry Stevens.

The Kerry Tourism Industry Forum was formed in June 2017. It is an open forum for employers and business people with a vested interest in tourism in County Kerry. The goal is to share insights and areas of common interest with the intention of developing a position on a number of matters that may help the health, sustainability and development of tourism in Kerry. The intention is to focus on tourism within the whole county of Kerry, without favour for any one industry or geographical area.

Pre-registration for the seminar is available by emailing by 12 noon on Wednesday, May 2. The seminar takes place in The Brehon this Thursday, with arrival registration commencing at 9.30am.

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