Christ­mas boost as cham­ber launches re­vamped vouch­ers

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON BROUDER

TRALEE Cham­ber Al­liance is hop­ing that a to­tal re­vamp of its Christ­mas voucher pro­mo­tional scheme will give busi­nesses in the town a €300,000 boost this fes­tive sea­son.

In re­cent years the Cham­ber Al­liance has or­gan­ised the de­liv­ery of voucher books – con­tain­ing dis­tinct deals from var­i­ous shops and hostel­ries – to ev­ery home in Tralee.

The books were suc­cess­ful and pop­u­lar but this year the Cham­ber has given the pro­mo­tion a make-over that it hopes will pro­vide a much big­ger bump to hol­i­day trade.

Launched on Mon­day, the new voucher scheme is sim­i­lar to a highly suc­cess­ful fes­tive pro­mo­tion that has been run­ning in Lis­towel for sev­eral years.

Rather than re­ceiv­ing a book of highly spe­cific vouch­ers, peo­ple in Tralee will this year be able to pur­chase €10, €20 or €50 vouch­ers – with no ex­piry date – that can be re­deemed only in Tralee’s shops, hair and beauty sa­lons, res­tau­rants, cafés and ho­tels.

THE mem­bers of Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance (TCA) have launched a new Christ­mas voucher scheme – sim­i­lar to the highly suc­cess­ful fes­tive pro­mo­tion scheme in Lis­towel – which is hoped will pro­vide a €300,000 boost to busi­ness in the county cap­i­tal.

The vouch­ers – re­deemable only in Tralee’s shops, hair and beauty sa­lons, res­tau­rants, cafés and ho­tels in Tralee – were un­veiled on Mon­day.

Launched by the Pres­i­dent of Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance, Ai­dan Kelly and the Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Gra­ham Spring, the first vouch­ers will be avail­able to buy in the next cou­ple of weeks, just in time for the busy Christ­mas shop­ping pe­riod.

The Tralee Vouch­ers – which will be avail­able in €10, €20 and €50 de­nom­i­na­tions with no ex­piry date – can only be pur­chased at The Tech Co, Do­minick Street Tralee and on­line at www.Tralee.ie.

“To make the Tralee Vouch­ers as suc­cess­ful as pos­si­ble, we are ask­ing all Tralee busi­nesses to sign up to be­come a reg­is­tered Par­tic­i­pat­ing Out­let. The more places that ac­cept these vouch­ers,the more peo­ple will pur­chase them,” said TCA’s Ken Tobin.

Three high pro­file re­tail­ers – Gar­vey’s Su­pervalu, Shaw’s De­part­ment Store and CH Chemist – have al­ready signed-up as out­lets where the vouch­ers will be ac­cepted as pay­ment for goods and ser­vices.

“The reg­is­tra­tion process is sim­ple and, while par­tic­i­pat­ing out­lets will pay a small six per cent han­dling charge, the Tralee Vouch­ers will help gen­er­ate more sales for lo­cal busi­nesses,” said Ken Tobin.

For more de­tails on how to sign-up as a par­tic­i­pat­ing out­let or for cus­tomers to learn how the sys­tem will work, visit www.Tralee.ie, email busi­ness@ Tralee.ie or call Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance on 066-7121472.

A full list of par­tic­i­pat­ing out­lets, which is sub­ject to change, will be avail­able from www. Tralee.ie and all busi­nesses are en­cour­aged to sign up.

Launch­ing the Christ­mas Vouch­ers in The Mall Tralee on Mon­day were Ken Tobin (Tralee Cham­per Al­liance), Kevin McCarthy (Gar­vey’s), Re­becca O’Con­nor and Maeve Rogers (CH Chemist), Ai­dan Kelly (Cham­ber Al­liance), Peter Harty (CH Chemist), Ann Bun­yan (Shaws), Paul Ruane (De­signs), Mike Quinn and Marie Gutrie (Shaws).

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