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    Casserly in push for adventure tourism

    That was the message from Councillor Marie Casserly who is proposing that the Council develop a five year Tourism Strategy to capitalise on our growing reputation as an adventure capital.

    Some of the key projects suggested by Cllr Casserly include developing greenways in the countryside, new blueway routes for water activities, enhancing beach facilities and creating and supporting a mountain biking site in Coolaney to “rival any in Ireland.”

    Cllr Michael Clarke said the county needed a five year strategy.

    Council CEO Ciarán Hayes said that work has started on a tourism strategy and has had “initial conversations” with Fáilte Ireland, IT Sligo and the Chamber of Commerce.

    He said it was “important that any strategy is thoroughly researched for members and includes a study of the nature of the tourism product to be offered. “We cannot come at this from a blunderbuss approach.”

    Mr Hayes said members needed to consider if the Council was a direct provider of tourism or a facilitator between the providers and the agencies.

    “How does it develop our arts and cultural offering? How does it include our night-time economy?” he asked.

    Responding, Cllr Casserly said the Council should be both provider and facilitator.

    “A lot of plans and policies end up sitting on a shelf. I’m sure that won’t happen here. We need to have something more concrete and see what we’ve achieved in five or six months time,” she said.

    Mr Hayes said he agreed and said it was not his intention to “put together a strategy to gather dust.”

    “Each councillor will come under pressure. We need to focus our resources to get the most for Sligo. We will move forward on that in the coming months,” he added.

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