first_imgBroadcaster Gay Byrne has said smiling more is the key to the Donegal tourism industry attracting more visitors in the years ahead. Broadcaster Gay Byrne launching the Donegal Tourism Brochure and app at Glenveagh Castle today.The former Late Late Show presenter was speaking as he launched the new Donegal Tourism Brochure and app for 2015 at Glenveagh Castle today.He said he had spoken to a number of connected people before the launch and all of these had one word of advice – smile. “The secret is to smile. What people don’t realise is that very often we Irish don’t smile at eachother. We are very good at smiling at strangers.“Other nationalities tend not to smile. They’re grumpy in their service……They don’t do it very well unless they are well paid to do it.“But the ability we have in Ireland is not necessarily to smile at each other.“Just the little welcome we have for eachother – “How young doing?”, “Is there anything we can do to help you?”, “Are you having a good time?” That’s what people appreciate. “When you realise that everybody who comes here is your advertising agent because they are going back to everyone to tell them what they have found.“If they found a welcome and smiling and hospitality then that’s it. Smile – the welcome counts for everything,” he said.Gay and wife Kathleen Watkins have a holiday home outside Dungloe and have been coming to their retreat for almost 40 years.He said the weather in Donegal could be very different from anywhere else in Ireland.He admitted that because he has a holiday home in Donegal, he knew very little about the rest of Ireland. Mr Byrne was presented with Donegal Pens made by the McGarvey Brothers from Loughanure.He praised the foresight and wonderful presentation of the new Donegal Tourism Brochure and app.County Manager and chairman of Donegal Tourism Mr Seamus Neely also addressed the launch.He stated “this 58 page brochure beautifully captures many images that display the diversity and majesty of Donegal. It sets out an array of activities, places of interest, and services that are available to potential visitors. Over 20,000 copies of this brochure have been printed and distributed worldwide and a PDF version has also been circulated to many tourism providers for inclusion on their websites”. He added “the new app will serve to assist visitors by providing a first class mobile friendly interface with . With travellers using their mobile devices on the go to find out information, this app will let them access up to the minute information that is available on the website through their mobile devices”.The brochure uses over forty different themes and headings from popular activities, such as Surfing, Golf, and Angling; to unique Donegal amenities and resources, such as Local Produce, Islands and the Gaeltacht, and Festivals, to allow the reader to easily plan their visitThe photography is captivating and demonstrates the strengths of Donegal as a major player in the tourism sector. The themes are all complemented with useful information and contacts for whatever your interest may be and it brings to life a strong visual image of Donegal for the potential visitor. The brochure also offers the visitor six recommended touring routes for different regions of the county in addition to the newly developed Wild Atlantic Way route that has been rolled out in recent months.Joan Crawford of Failte Ireland said the 2014 figures for tourism in Donegal showed an increase of up tot 8% on 2013.Vice-chairman of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan remarked that people often said that Donegal was a long way away.“I would ask them where it is a long way away from? I’m slightly biased but I think we have the most beautiful county in Ireland and the increase in our visitor numbers year on year is showing that other people think that as well,” he said.For more information on the brochure or app, log onto or download the Donegal Tourism app from Google play store or the app store.SMILING MORE IS THE KEY TO INCREASING DONEGAL’S TOURISM BUSINESS, CLAIMS GAY BYRNE was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilDonegal Tourism BrochureGay ByrneGlenveagh Castlelaunchlast_img read more

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