I shared the above picture of the grounds of Charles Fort, Kinsale County Cork, on Facebook recently and somebody posted the following comment in response to it: “With Ireland’s push to get people to come and visit next year, I hope they do something to make the airfare more affordable. Between the airfare and rental car, a couple already is $4000 into their vacation fund.”
Ireland: The Gathering 2013
As you may already be aware The Gathering 2013 is an initiative to bring more visitors to Ireland next year, and according to their website it “has many stakeholders, partners and supporters, including Government departments, State bodies, local authorities, local development companies, private businesses, the global Irish community and the tourism industry. The initiative is also fully supported by Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland.” They give examples of how sports teams could invite foreign teams to come and play a game, businesses could host conferences in Ireland, and the Gathering goes a lot further than that by “inviting anyone with a connection to our country to come and visit”.
The comment I received on Facebook is a perfect example of how things could be made a little easier for Irish emigrants to return home in 2013, or for many of the millions of Irish descendants around the world, to make their dream trip to Ireland.
What I want to hear from you are more suggestions on how a trip to Ireland could be made easier for you to accomplish. Your suggestion could be to the Government of Ireland, businesses in Ireland, the people of Ireland, or to any other group that could impact your decision to travel to Ireland in 2013.
Let’s give them some ideas on how we can get home in 2013.
Please add your suggestion by leaving a comment below.