Selling Our Story conference to boost cultural tourism in Scotland and Ireland

Cultural tourism providers from throughout Scotland and Ireland will convene in Donegal next month for the first major event of the CeangalG project. The Gaeltacht based conference will examine how cultural tourism can unlock our potential.

Selling Our Story – the Greater Gaidhealtachd/Gaeltacht is the title of the conference and it will be hosted in Gaoth Dobhair’s Ostán na Cúirte on the 26th/27th February.

The centrepiece of the conference will be the launch by  “Irish Edge” author Dr. Finbarr Bradley of Learning From The Best research which presents ten examples of cultural tourism ventures thriving using  minority languages.

Some of these tourism operators – who are drawn from ventures as far flung as Auckland in New Zealand and Finland  – will feature in a panel discussion alongside leading representatives of tourism organisations such as Fáílte Ireland, Visit Scotland and the Northern Ireland Tourism Board.

The conference will have a very practical focus and delegates will have the opportunity to meet with mentors who will share their experience and expertise in an effort to allow participants to increase their effectiveness.

Donegal based “app” building company, Mobileonix,  will also be on hand to advise conference participants on how to build their own smartphone applications.

“The conference aims to encourage the development of five new products before the end of the year,” said CeangalG project director, Alasdair Morrison.

“Some of these products could include apps, which are rapidly becoming the must have accessory in many sectors of the tourism industry.  This  is an opportunity for cultural tourism operators, particularly those who work in the medium of Irish/Scots Gaelic, to take their place at the cutting edge of the industry.”