The opening hours at Nenagh tourist information office are determined by visitor numbers, it has been revealed. The policy is in order to maximise resources, according to a spokesperson for Failte Ireland which runs the office.
“Fáilte Ireland is committed to providing an extensive tourist information office (TIO) network within the constraints of its current budget and has sought to ensure that resources are allocated to best effect and reflect tourism needs,” said the spokesperson.
Nenagh tourist information office at Nenagh opened on June 16 following the recruitment of a season travel advisor. The office will remain open, Tuesday to Saturday, from 9.30am until 5.30pm until the end of August.
“In order to maximise our resources so that they meet the needs of visitors, opening hours and staffing in tourist information offices are decided in line with visitor numbers to the area the year previous. Last year, Nenagh tourist information office opened for a total of 14 weeks (from June 3 to September 7) and 2,392 visitors (an average of 34 people per day) were recorded during that period,” said the spokesperson in a statement to the Tipperary Star.
They pointed out that tourist Information offices were one source of information for visitors.However, the first port of call for many who are considering travel around Ireland is the Discover Ireland website, discoverireland.ie, which is visited by over 60,000 people every day. This has been recently revamped and improved. It now has all the information a visitor would need.
Fáilte Ireland has also developed a new Discover Ireland smart phone app which uses a visitor’s current location to recommend what to do and where to stay, and gives details of special offers. The availability of this app serves to further improve the range of visitor information services available, said the spokesperson.
The spokesperson also stated that new Discover Ireland touchscreen units were being piloted on the motorways. These have been installed at the Applegreen Motorway stops at Castlebellingham North and South, Enfield East and West and Lusk North and South, along the M1.
These are the first motorway stops which now allow visitors, who have stopped for petrol or a snack, to access self-service information on Ireland on a touchscreen unit which is directly linked to the Discover Ireland website, they said.