Hello and welcome aboard this weeks edition of your maritime programme Seascapes , this week we feature recent Responsible Tourism award winners Atlantic Sea Kayaking –we’ll be talking to Jim Kennedy ; we have a report from Inishmore on the Islands with Olwen Gill ; also on Seascapes following our recent visit to Tullamore we’ll be speaking with Geraldine Foley and Colin Becker ; first this week to the ISA / AFLOAT Sailor of the Year who led the Irish team that secured the Commodores Cup Trophy – he is Anthony O’ Leary – we talked this week about that win and his early interest in the sea.......
Atlantic Sea Kayaking and Wild Atlantic Walks won the overall award in an evening celebrating businesses that are leading the way in Irish responsible tourism. Run by Jim and Maria Kennedy, it aims to highlight the marine habitats of West Cork through kayaking trips and guided walks.
A more environmentally conscious and community-centred approach to developing tourism in Ireland is becoming more and more mainstream... and so it should," said Fáilte Ireland Brand Experience Manager, Paddy Matthews.
"It results in more genuine and authentic experiences for all our visitors." The Awards, which use the same criteria and judging processes as the World Responsible Tourism Awards, were announced at a ceremony at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, in Dublin this week.
In total, there were 450 nominations from across Ireland for eight awards.
Presenter/Producer: Marcus Connaughton