County Longford Tourism Ltd is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting tourism in Co Longford. It is led by a voluntary board of management ,comprised of members drawn from the local tourism and hospitality sector, the arts sector, Longford County Council, Longford County Enterprise Board, Longford Community Resources Ltd and the community and voluntary sector. The mission of Longford Tourism is to assist Longford County Council in the promotion of Longford as a tourism destination. This is achieved through marketing & promotional efforts as well as supporting the development of tourism product innovation.
The Management Committee, supported by Fáilte Ireland and Longford County Council, employ a Tourism Officer who is based at the Tourism Office on The Market Square in Longford Town. The Tourism Office provides an accommodation booking service, as well as travel information and advice for visitors to Co Longford and the island of Ireland.
Tourism Strategy & Action Plan 2012 – 2015
County Longford Tourism was initially formed in 2001. In Feb 2012, a revitalised committee launched the Longford Tourism Strategy and Action Plan (2012 -2015) which was financially supported by the RDP. Since the launch of its Strategic Plan, the Tourism Committee has initiated and participated in a number of community based tourism activities on a local, national and international scale. Activities in which County Longford Tourism have participated during the past two years include: exhibiting at the RDP funded County Longford Expo event, representing Longford Tourism at The London Business Expo, contributing to “The Gathering” county-wide launch, steering group and training events, providing data and input in to the Longford County Council tourism app, providing data and assistance in developing the 2013 and 2014 County Longford Events Calendar, and the launch of a dedicated County Longford Tourism brochure, maps and modern website.
A Longford Walking Festival was launched in May 2014 as well as ‘The Ray Flynn Mile’ race in August 2014, both of which Longford Tourism intend developing further. The committee are also involved in the support and development of Cruthú Arts Festival which was launched in 2014. As part of the committees trails strategy, Longford Tourism have collaborated with Longford Clondra Amenity Ltd, Waterways Ireland and Longford County Council with funding from LEADER through Longford Community Resources, to develop a 16km stretch of The Royal Canal towpath from Longford to Clondra as a walking and cycling route. This off-road track, officially opened in June 2014, builds on works already completed by Longford Canal Amenity Group and forms part of a wider tourism-driven walking and cycling corridor which is currently being developed, stretching from Dublin to Clondra along the banks of The Royal Canal. It is anticipated that this route will not only benefit tourism in the region but also promote and encourage outdoor leisure activity within County Longford.
County Longford Tourism committee are currently working on a number of tourism related projects which they envision will create a significant difference for guests from outside the county as well as locals, making County Longford a more enjoyable place to visit.
We welcome you to the Longford Tourism Website and we hope you enjoy your stay in Co Longford ! 🙂
Further information on County Longford can be found on the ‘Explore Longford’ App available to download for both Android and Apple Devices:
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