During the event, local tourism businesses and members of the local community in the Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands region were invited to learn more about community walking trails and walking festivals and how they can enhance the visitor experience of a destination.
“One of Failte Ireland’s key objectives is to develop sustainable community tourism activities in the outdoors and there’s no better way to showcase our fantastic natural assets in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands than a walking festival," said Paddy Mathews, head of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands at Fáilte Ireland.
"It’s crucial that festivals and events like this are environmentally sustainable and economically viable especially for the communities who organise them which is why Fáilte Ireland has launched a Walking Festival & Events toolkit."
Sustainable Walking Events
Fáilte Ireland’s Walking Festivals & Events toolkit which provides local communities with a guide on how to organise sustainable walking events and festivals that will highlight the area’s unique outdoor offering and attract potential visitors.
The guide can be downloaded at www.failteireland.ie/IrelandsHiddenHeartlands
"This toolkit offers guidelines that will help local communities get their ideas off the ground and create a high quality visitor experience," said Mathews.
"There are a number of great walking festivals already taking place in the Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands region, and we expect to see more coming on stream this year.”