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All aboard as cruise programme sets sail

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018 5:09pm

The jackets are back on and it’s smooth sailing for the ambassador programme!

Cork City Council’s cruise ambassador programme recommenced at the start of the month with the ambassadors boarding visiting cruise ships in Cobh and Ringaskiddy and will do so until November.

More than 100 cruise ships will visit Cork in 2018 it was revealed at a Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting on Monday by the Chief Executive of Cork City Council, Ann Doherty.

She said: “The cruise ambassadors provide tourists with information on Cork, increasing the footfall of cruise tourists to the city.”

Ms Doherty also told those at the JPC meeting about other tourism projects that the city council is involved in, including the Lee Sessions and new signage to help tourists as well as the possibility of parking for camper vans and motorhomes.

The Lee Sessions will continue to take place in Cork city into the summer season.

Ms Doherty said that they raise the profile of the city as a cultural destination for visitors adding to the vibrancy and footfall of the city.

She added: “The Lee Sessions are an important part of the city’s vibrancy.”

She also spoke about how Cork City Council has worked with Fáilte Ireland to promote tourist attractions. The signs have been designed and positioned strategically to make it easy for visitors to find out about Cork city.

They can find out about “all the great things to see and do,” she said.

Meanwhile Cork City Council is also currently looking at how feasible it would be to have motorhome parking and where suitable locations would be on Leeside.

Ms Doherty added: “Similar sites in Cobh and Midleton have been visited with the Cork Motor Home Society and discussions are ongoing.”

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