Fáilte Ireland has held the first in a series of networking events for student tour guides, at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Co. Galway.
The events are part of Fáilte Ireland’s commitment to encourage and promote careers in the tourism industry. The networking event was attended by industry stakeholders, education providers and student tour guides currently studying at Galway and Roscommon colleges. A number of presentations took place, including an overview of the industry and discussions on career and employment options available.
Paul Hayden, Head of Tourism Careers at Fáilte Ireland, said “The event is intended to bring together industry stakeholders, education providers and current tour guide students, studying the National Tour Guide programme and the Regional Tour Guide programme, to provide an understanding of the industry and the career and employment options available.”
Eithne Nic Dhonnchadha, Director of Further Education and Training Board for Galway and Roscommon (GRETB), said: “Having qualified tour guides at both a regional and national level ensures we can remain competitive and allow visitors enjoy the varied land and seascapes incorporating our cultural and natural heritage.”
Sebastian Heinrich, a national tour guide student from GRETB, said: “Today’s networking event has been extremely positive and informative highlighting the opportunities that exist within the industry and outlining a pathway to develop our careers and secure employment in the sector.”