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Tourism and Hospitality Conference and Food Tourism Workshop hosted by Letterkenny IT

11th Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference.

‌The School of Tourism, LYIT hosted the 11th Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference (THRIC) from 11 – 12 June 2015.  The conference was held on the Letterkenny Campus and in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.

On the eve of the conference, (Wednesday 10 June) the School of Tourism in conjunction with Donegal Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Donegal Food Coast and Fáilte Ireland organised a Food Tourism Workshop focusing on ‘Developing the Food Tourism Experience along the Wild Atlantic Way’.  Artisan Food Producers from Co. Donegal were present at the workshop and displayed samples of their products. 

Over sixty participants heard from four speakers: Artie Clifford (Head of Judging Panel) Blas na hÉireann Awards discussed the judging process behind award winning artisan food; Dr Diane Dodd, Director of the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Barcelona outlined the European Region of Gastronomy Project and how this could be of relevance to food tourism enterprises located along the Wild Atlantic Way; John Mulcahy, Head of Food Tourism, Hospitality Education & Standards, Fáilte Ireland talked about Fáilte Ireland supports for Food Tourism in Ireland and Eve Anne McCarron from the Donegal Local Enterprise Office (LEO) detailed regional supports for artisan food producers, specifically focusing on the Donegal Good Food Initiative. 

On the morning of 11 June, the THRI Conference was opened by Minster Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs. .  Nearly 100 delegates heard from four key note speakers from Ireland, England, Scotland and Spain.  Pat McCann was the first keynote speaker and discussed ‘The Dalata Story: Developing an effective adaptable strategy - How a company can survive adversity and position itself for growth as the opportunity arises’.  He was followed later on Thursday by Professor Kevin Hannam, Leeds Beckett University on ‘Developments in tourism motilities’.

Dr Diane Dodd addressed the conference on Friday morning focusing on ‘The importance of culture and food diversity for gastrodiplomacy and tourism’.  The final keynote speaker was Helen Campbell, Head of Global Branding and Marketing Communications with VisitScotland who talked about ‘A year in the life’. A look at how VisitScotland amplify the marketing opportunities delivered through the use of ‘themed years’.  In total 33 research papers and extended abstracts were presented over 11 parallel sessions.  One paper was presented by Les Roches/Laureate Universities Hotel School, Switzerland via video conference.  A conference dinner was held on Thursday night in the Radisson Blu Hotel.  Guests were treated to a presentation from Iain Millar, Unique Ascents who gave an insight into sea stack climbing in Co. Donegal – extreme tourism on the Wild Atlantic Way.  Both the conference and the workshop were supported by Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.

THRIC 2015

L – R Joan Crawford (Fáilte Ireland Client Services Manager – Donegal), Ciarán ó hAnnracháin (Head of Department Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts), Helen Campbell (Head of Global Brand and Marketing Communications, VisitScotland), Dr Seán Duffy (Head of School of Tourism), Dr Diane Dodd (Director of the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Barcelona), Oliver Sullivan (Fáilte Ireland Client Services Manager – Cork/Kerry).

THRIC 2015_2

L – R Ciarán ó hAnnracháin (Head of Department Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts), John Mulcahy (Head of Food Tourism, Hospitality Education & Standards, Fáilte Ireland), Dr Seán Duffy (Head of School of Tourism), Prof Kevin Hannam (Professor of Tourism Mobilities at Leeds Beckett University, UK).

 

 



Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:44:00 BST

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