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Agri Tourism Conference

Event Time 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe
Agri Tourism 2018 is a collaborative effort focused on assisting smaller communities in developing tourism

The event will provide incredible networking opportunities and dynamic speakers will present innovative ideas and relevant information that attendees will find useful in facing the unique challenges of promoting Agri tourism with limited budgets.

This conference is hosted among Teagasc, Failte Ireland, and Galway Co Council European Region of Gastronomy (ERG), however, anyone associated with or interested in the Agri tourism industry is invited to attend.

Conference fee €50 which includes a two course lunch - Register to attend 

Session One

Chaired by: Mary Ryan, Teagasc

9.30am Goals of the conference and process, Alan Farrell, Galway County Council
9.45am Keynote: Minister Denis Naughton
10.00am Taking advantage of new Agritourism market opportunities, Sinead Hennessy, Fáilte Ireland
10.30am What has Irish agriculture to offer international tourists? Barry Caslin, Teagasc
11.00am Coffee Break
11.30am Branding Agriculture for Farm Tourism in Austria, Hans Embacher, Urlaub Am Bauernhof Holiday on the Farm - Austria
12.00pm Champions of Agri-Tourism Panel Discussion: Chaired by Damien O’Reilly, RTE Countrywide

Developing on farm food and accommodation, Niall Moore, Clonanny Farm

Pioneering the potential of agri-tourism, Bernadine Mulhall, Coolanowle Country House

Preserving the heritage of life in Mayo, Tom Hennigan, Hennigans Heritage Centre

Enjoying the Rivers and lakes, Tommy Gaffney, Shannon River Adventure

Rebooting Rural Ireland, Padraig Giblin, Derg Isle Activity Centre

1:00pm Lunch & Networking

Session Two:

Chaired by: Sinead Hennessy, Failte Ireland

Time Discussion
2:00pm Technology Driving Adventure Forward, Laura Magan, Momentum Consulting
2:20pm LEADER networks supporting Agri tourism, Martina Earley, Chair Irish Leader Development Network
2:40pm Supporting the Angling Sector, Liam Gavin, Inland Fisheries Ireland
3:00pm Quality and Regional culinary in Irish Tourism Panel Discussion: Chaired by Damien O’Reilly, RTE Countrywide

Facilitating farmers to produce higher value added niche food products, Eddie O’Neill, Teagasc

Economusee - providing a learning and interpretive experience for visitors, Kevin Heanue, Teagasc

Agri Tourism in a changing world, Hans Wieland, Neantóg

Building Irelands Food Tourism Potential, Gabriel Flaherty, Aran Goat Cheese

Importance of provenance and local food, Kevin Ahern, Sage Restaurant

4.00pm The importance of Heritage Tourism, Dr. Eamon O’Donoghue, Claregalway Castle
4:15pm End of Conference, Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc


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