In association with the development of Sea Change, A Marine Knowledge, Research & Innovation Strategy for Ireland 2007-2013, the Marine Institute was requested by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources to advise on the development of marine and water-based tourism and leisure. Preparation and planning for this involved the following actions:
- Review of the previous development strategy for the sector (1998-2003);
- Examination of practical experience in marine and water-based resource development on the ground;
- A National Foresight Exercise drawing on expertise from home and abroad (March-April 2005);
- Meetings with Industry Representative Groups;
- Consultation with stakeholders (Conference in Dublin Castle - 12th July 2005);
- Written submissions sought (July 12th - July 22nd 2005);
- Consultation with Public Sector agencies (Workshop - 22nd September 2005); and
- Preparation of Water-Based Tourism and Leisure Product Audit (PDF, 7.15MB).
A discussion document was prepared under the guidance of a High Level Working Group with members drawn from key Departments, national and regional tourism agencies and Local Authorities.
Membership of Marine Tourism Working Group
Michael McLoone (Chairman), Donegal County Council.
Martin Brennan, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.
Eddie Sheehy, Wicklow County Council.
John Rafferty, Failte Ireland.
Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland.
Kevin Bonner, Marine Institute.
Paul Bates/Francis Rochford, Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism.
Kilda Taylor, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.
John Concannon, Ireland West Tourism.
Brendan Leahy, Tourism Consultant.
Yvonne Shields, Marine Institute.
Work in this area is proceeding in conjunction with local authorities.