Minister Ring and Prof Pat Wall attend meeting of the Council of the Connemara Pony Breeders Society
- 14 April 2015, 15:25
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring and HSI Chairman Prof. Patrick Wall attended a meeting of the Council of the Connemara Pony Breeders Society in Willie Leahy’s Dartfield Horse Museum last night.
Minister Ring discussed plans for Clifden show to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Swedish and Danish Connemara studbooks and efforts to attract more Scandinavian tourists this year. Minister Ring also welcomed the recommendation on the promotion of equine tourism in the Industry Strategy and encourages all equine tourism operators to avail of the digital marketing platform of Tourism Ireland.
He acknowledged the substantial international spectator presence at the RDS and Clifden shows but stressed that there is no reason international visitors interested could not be attracted to shows and events that are on every weekend in every county in Ireland. Key to attracting visitors is creating awareness through innovative marketing and the digital platform has the potential to reach a global audience.