Local experts sought to show tourists the best of Galway

Galway daily news Failte Ireland recruiting 'local experts' for Galway tourism initiative

Fáilte Ireland is looking for knowledgeable Galwegians to show tourists céad míle fáilte.

The Know Galway Local Experts Programme aims to ensure that visitors to the city and county have an incredible and memorable experience while they’re here.

As part of that Fáilte Ireland is creating a network of people who can share local knowledge that’ll ensure every visit to Galway is a unique joy.

As the Local Experts Programme progresses it will aim to develop a tourism business network and social media initiatives.

To get the ball rolling on this initiative Fáilte Ireland have organised two workshops in the Galmont Hotel for Tuesday, February 19 open to anyone interested in becoming a “local expert”.

“Galway is one of the most popular destinations in Ireland for international visitors and its attractions are brought to life every day by locals interacting with tourists,” said Niamh Mannion, Senior Travel Advisor with Fáilte Ireland.

In this day and age she said, people are looking for the more personal experience that can only come from local people who know the best places to go, to eat, and to get a drink.

“Visitors not only seek out local people and their advice, they trust it. More and more holidaymakers tell us that they rely on and trust the advice and information received from the local people they meet during their stay.”

The workshops planned for next Tuesday are designed to be engaging experiences where people working in tourism industries, or who just love to show off their community, can learn about creating a memorable local experience and pointing visitors to the best attractions in Galway.

“This programme will build on that sentiment by inspiring all front-line employees and volunteers to turn every visitor interaction into a truly informative and positive experience,” Niamh Mannion said.

The first workshop will run from 10am-1pm, followed by another that evening from 6-9pm at the Galmont Hotel.

The workshops are free and open to anyone involved in the tourism sector or those in the local community that interact with visitors.

Those interested can register or find out more by emailing localexperts@failteireland.ie.