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Sea of opportunity as Marine Tourism students graduate

LYIT Marine Tourism students celebrate their graduation.

WEDNESDAY last was a special day for students from the Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s School of Tourism when they graduated in Marine Tourism and Seafood Fundamentals.

The course was part of the Donegal Coastal Trail Project in the Blue Haven in Kilcar.
 
The part time course took place from September to December 2016 with a second course running from January to May 2017 and was developed by LYIT’s School of Tourism for people working in the marine tourism and seafood sector.
 
The aim of the course was to assist business owners and people employed in the marine tourism sector in Donegal to develop their skills and competencies in areas relating to seafood and marine tourism including development of key digital marketing skills and knowledge of promoting a marine tourism business on the Wild Atlantic Way. The course put a particular emphasis on operating a tourism-related business in a coastal rural location.
 
Speaking following last week’s ceremony Barney McLaughlin, Head of Tourism with Donegal County Council said, “The Donegal Atlantic Coastal Trail is an innovative food and marine tourism project. Its goal is to raise awareness of the excellent marine leisure and seafood opportunities on the Donegal coast and islands and to encourage local communities to experience our own marine leisure activities and seafood.

“The inclusion of the islands adds an additional unique element to the project where visitors can experience something different and unexplored.   The project helps local marine leisure activity providers, restaurants and pubs to work together to bundle their offering and create experiential packages that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.  This will reduce seasonality by offering experiences that are available all year long.”

 

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