Tralee Chamber Alliance AGM Hears Of ‘Very Positive Year’

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CEO of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Kieran Ruttledge.

THE coming year will see Tralee Chamber Alliance change its focus to put more emphasis on promoting the business community in the town with a view to attracting more jobs to Tralee.

The second AGM of Tralee Chamber Alliance took place on Monday at The Grand Hotel Tralee at which the members were presented with a positive story in relation to the Alliance’s financial situation.

Tralee Chamber Alliance generated €70,400 in membership fees in 2013 as part of a total income of €122,100. The contribution from Tralee Town Council was €47,500 and a further €9,700 was generated from Certificates of Origin.

Over €84,000 was spent on marketing and promotions in a year that saw the town feature as a Top 10 Tourism Town in Ireland, retain the Tidy Towns Gold Medal, feature as a Top 10 Destination on Tripadvisor and become Ireland’s representative in the prestigious Entente Florale Competition.

Members were told that it was imperative, despite the abolition of Tralee Town Council, the town should retain a strong voice and has a vibrant organisation to represent and promote the town.

“We have had a very positive year and we are making great strides in achieving our primary objective, which is to make Tralee Ireland’s premier place to work, live and visit,” said the CEO of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Kieran Ruttledge .

“This year will see our emphasis switch to business matters while maintaining the positive progress that has been achieved in promoting Tralee as a weather-proof tourism destination. We need to address the unemployment issue in Tralee by encouraging growth in all sectors through networking, lobbying and greater membership,” he said.

Tralee Chamber Alliance has among its short to medium term aims to promote Tralee as a retail destination, a hub from where to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, integrate new board members with fresh ideas and develop a Job Creation Strategy.

In his presentation at the AGM, Kieran Ruttledge said: “Going forward we all need to be positive and talk up Tralee as the capital. We need to buy local, visit the wonderful tourist attractions that are on our doorstep while inviting family and friends to join us. Ideas should be seen through to fruition and ultimately, we should be proud of our town.”

The new board of Tralee Chamber Alliance will meet for the first time in July when the next President is elected.

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