Bernadette Yelverton Dungarvan Tourist Office, Jenny Beresford, Joe Roche Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber President & Julia Moylan Dungarvan Tourist Office,Sitting – Orna Holohan   Tourism Officer Waterford Council, Kevin Traynor CTTC, Declan Doocey Mayor of Waterford & Brian Lynch) )(Right photo  – Brian Lynch, Joe Roche, Kevin Traynor and Jenny Beresford)

Following a visit by the esteemed CTTC (Coach Tourism & Transport Council of Ireland), Dungarvan has retained  the status ‘Coach Friendly’.   This award was approved following a comprehensive presentation and a successful site inspection by Kevin Traylor CTTC and Brian Lynch Suirway Travel.   One of only 3 towns in Ireland to have this recognition, it certainly is a feather in Dungarvan’s cap and a benefit to our overall tourism offering.

Since   gaining this status in 2016, the Dungarvan Tourist Office, supported by the Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber and Waterford Council has been able to use this unique selling point to attract coach companies and tour operators to consider Dungarvan as a destination for the Coach Tours they operate.  The Tourist Office team targets both National and International coach companies and tour operators.

Dungarvan Tourist Office was delighted to have reported a 300% increase on the number of  people attracted to  Dungarvan as a Coach Friendly Destination coupled with the innovative  ‘Meet & Greet Service’ offered by the  Tourist Office staff.

Mayor of Waterford City & County Declan Doocey met with the judges during their visit and realises the importance of Dungarvan continuing to attract new business and offer a superior product to tourists.   Mayor Doocey also expressed continued support from the Waterford Council for positive initiatives like the Coach Friendly status, as the benefits are multiplied across the county and it opens more & more opportunities.

Jenny Beresford, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber CEO and Tourist Office Manager, believes this award was a “direct result of collaboration between Tourist Office, Dungarvan & West Waterford  Chamber & Waterford City & County Council which  led to the assignment of an assigned  Coach Set-Down Space on Davitt’s Quay and four Bus Parking Bays at The Lookout.”. Responding also to the dramatic  increase in the numbers attracted  to the ‘Meet & Greet Service’,  Jenny pays tribute to the  fantastic staff in the Dungarvan Tourist Office who heavily market the Dungarvan product and accolades in particular Coach Friendly, & Dementia Friendly in the off season, and who deliver a warm and  professional Meet & Greet Service year round.

In the details National and International coach drivers and coach companies receive about Ireland from the CTTC, Dungarvan features prominently as a ‘Coach Friendly Location’.

See the short video demonstrating Dungarvan as the ideal Coach Friendly Destination on the following video https://bit.ly/2EcaaZI    or check out the Dungarvan Tourism Website, Coach Friendly section https://www.dungarvantourism.com/coach-tour-facilities-in-dungarvan-for-tour-operators/

Dungarvan Tourist Office, Waterford City & County Council & the Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber looks forward to offering Cead Mile Failte to many more coach tours in Dungarvan in the future!