A large number of top Roscommon Self Catering operators recently attended the first in a series of ‘Holiday Homes in Ireland’ workshops, in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. The workshops, hosted by Fáilte Ireland, unveiled the 'New Vision' strategy to help support and reposition the Irish Self Catering sector. Included in the strategy is a new self-assessment ‘Categorisation Scheme’ whereby Roscommon operators can choose to promote their property as Family Friendly, Walkers Welcome etc., as well as a number of recommendations/options to the existing classification scheme as requested by the Sector Steering Group.
Fáilte Ireland has worked closely with the Irish Self Catering Federation and the wider Self Catering sector during 2011 on a sector review process which culminated in the development of a ‘New Vision for the Irish Home Self Catering Sector’ report which was completed in January of this year. An industry led implementation body has been working with Fáilte Ireland since January to implement the recommendations of the report.
Speaking from the workshop, Tracey Coughlan from Fáilte Ireland said: “We were delighted to meet with Self Catering operators from Roscommon at the workshop in the Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone. Fáilte Ireland realise how difficult the operating environment is for self-catering operators, something that is not helped by an over-dependency on the domestic market.”
Issue dated: 13 JULY 2012
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