Derry was 'booked out' for 50m radius in Fleadh week, says Tourist Office

Mon, 19/08/2013 - 17:29 -- Editor

Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau the official tourism agency for the city says they are delighted with the impact that Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann has had on attracting increased visitor numbers and tourism revenue to the city. With record attendance figures of 430,000 the week-long festival drew visitors from all parts of the island and across the globe to what for many was their first time to our historic and cultural city.

Odhran Dunne, Interim Chief Executive says “The city has never experienced a festival of this magnitude both in volume and scale nor has it attracted such an unprecedented demand for accommodation in the region. We reached capacity in approved accommodation by the weekend, however, there was a wider regional impact as overnight visitors were staying up to a 50 mile radius of the city to ensure they could sample the experience of the world’s largest festival of traditional Irish music.

Our accommodation and visitor information teams dealt with enquiries from a countless mix of overnight visitors, day trippers, visiting friends and relatives representing some 75 different nationalities all providing fantastic feedback on their experience. The festival has been a tremendous boost for the city’s tourism profile across the island and in the international markets. We are proud to see the city competing on the international stage as one of Ireland’s “must see” tourism destinations and this event will leave a lasting legacy on the hearts and minds of all of those who have visited”.

We extend our congratulations to the Fleadh executive committee, Comhaltas, volunteers and statutory agencies who collectively ensured the event was delivered to international standards and will set a benchmark for the city to host events of this scale for years to come. We also congratulate the local tourism industry and local residents who played such an integral part in the success of the week. They have guaranteed that the visitor experience was of the highest quality and that the reputation of the city has been enhanced globally ensuring many visitors will return again and again.