As a partner of the Irish/Wales INTERREG Program, Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) is supporting local communities and businesses, through the Outdoor Tourism Project. This support focuses on getting the most out of outdoor tourism activities and attractions by providing tailored training for local people, which could help them pursue careers in the tourism sector.  Local businesses are encouraged to form a network in which they can learn about the latest innovations in marketing and customer service.

In March, a group of seven enterprises travelled to Fort William, Scotland as part of a learning journey.  The trip inspired the group to launch Graiguenamanagh’s Graig Goes Wild Event, which brought a weekend of outdoor events enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Twelve businesses also received digital marketing and media training to enhance their online presence

The Project funded kayak training for thirty individuals, which will allow a new canoe club start up in the Graiguenamanagh area. It has also funded an Outdoor Sports & Recreation Course, which aims to provide the essential skills for those looking for employment in tourism.

Later in the year, a new website will be launched to provide information on ‘What to Do’ in the Barrow Valley.

The Outdoor Tourism Project is an INTERREG project funded under Ireland/Wales program.