Tourism ‘jewel’ waiting to be tapped into

first_imgTwitter Facebook Advertisement Previous articleUL to encourage medical students to travel to GhanaNext article‘Beer Naturally’ aims to revaluate Ireland’s favourite drink admin Email Linkedincenter_img Killaloe/Ballina to exploit natural heritage and cultureRESIDENTS in the twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina have set up a group to meet the current recession head-on.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A cross-section of the communities have formed the Ballina-Killaloe Business Association.The aim is to attract new enterprise to both River Shannon towns and promote local annual activities, and encourage community groups and business concerns in the towns and their hinterlands to interact and help each other.The idea was the brainchild of Killaloe businesswoman Colette Hanley, who told the Post that “even if it was my idea the people have enthusiastically warmed to the concept and we are now up and running.“If the structures are in place, that will be the first step in our efforts to attract new enterprise into the area.“It will enable us to approach the statutory agencies such as Shannon Development, the Clare Enterprise Board and our local Dail deputies and County Councillors to put our problems and plans” said Colette, owner of Clare Tipp. Properties in Killaloe who is now chairperson of the new Business Association.She went on: “We are trying to get all the businesses under one banner to try and brand both towns with a common goal.“For example, the hotels, taxis, photographers and hair and beauty salons could market themselves collectively under a brand name. Hopefully, it will spread to other areas of business”.The meetings have attracted up to 100 business representatives, including corporate personnel who live in the area and who have offered their expertise and advice.Said committee member Douglas Hyde, co-owner of Satmya, a traditional medical clinic in Killaloe: “People who have come here to live love it and want to see the Lough Derg towns and their surroundings thrive and prosper.“Besides bringing in new people, the aim of the Association is also to help existing businesses to network and work together.“Basically, we want to ride the current recession and sustain and protect what we have in the line of our natural heritage and culture,” he concluded.Business and tourism concerns in the River Shannon/Lough Derg catchment area believe that Killaloe/Ballina are a potential tourism ‘jewel’ yet to be tapped fully.With its Brian Boru tailor-made connections and amenities, the area is ripe for promotion up the tourism ladder.And to add to its attractiveness its proximity to Shannon Airport makes it a major selling point. A champion of Shannon Airport is comedian Brendan Grace.He lives in Florida, and his daughter, Amanda and husband local man Martin, run the Brendan Grace pub in Killaloe. Brendan brings in groups of American’s every year to visit the region and uses his home beside the lake as his Irish base when he is performing here.“Killaloe is where I hang my hat in Ireland” he declared and considers Shannon “the gateway of Irish tourism”.The walls of the pub are covered with photographs of the entertainer with the famous, including Bill Clinton, former U.S. President “one of my dear friends”, the late renowned Italian tenor Pavarotti, J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) of Dallas fame and Sir Alex FergusonThe Business Association, as part of its activities, is helping to promote the National Power Boat Championships hosted by the Mid-West Power Boat Club on Saturday and Sunday April 18 and 19, on the River Shannon. Print WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsTourism ‘jewel’ waiting to be tapped intoBy admin – April 6, 2009 694 last_img read more

Subscription gains help NY Times weather ad slump

first_imgThat brought the number of digital-only subscriptions to 5.7 million and total subscriptions to 6.5 million, putting the newspaper on track to its goal of 10 million subscribers.”We’ve proven that it’s possible to create a virtuous circle in which whole-hearted investment in high quality journalism drives deep audience engagement which in turn drives revenue growth and further investment capacity,” said outgoing chief executive Mark Thompson.”This is why our newsroom is growing when so many others are being reduced.”The New York Times Co. announced last month Meredith Kopit Levien would take over as new president and chief executive from Thompson, who held the job for eight years and led the daily’s digital transformation. Topics : The New York Times on Wednesday reported strong gains in its digital subscriptions, helping the newspaper weather a big decline in advertising revenue.The prestigious daily said profit in the second quarter dipped six percent to $23.7 million, while revenues declined 7.5 percent to $404 million.The newspaper added some 669,000 online subscribers in the quarter including 493,000 for its core news product. center_img Kopit Levien, 49, has been chief operating officer since June 2017, a role in which she led digital product efforts, according to the company.”As I turn over the reins on September 8 to Meredith Kopit Levien, I do so with every confidence that The Times will continue to lead the way in showing that people will pay for accurate, trustworthy news, and that there is a sustainable future for deeply-reported, mission-driven journalism,” Thompson said.The latest quarter results showed a sharp 44 percent drop in ad revenues, attributed to lower demand caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and related economic turmoil.Subscription revenue increased 8.4 percent, and accounted for more than 70 percent of receipts at the Times, in line with the strategy to reduce dependence on advertising.Thompson said that “for the first time in our history total digital revenue exceeded print revenue — a key milestone in the transformation of The New York Times.”last_img read more