Reeks a world­class des­ti­na­tion

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By TADHG EVANS

THERE was a boost for tourism in mid and south Kerry in re­cent days with the Reeks District named as one of six ‘re­gions on our radar’ by pres­ti­gious travel web­site Rough Guides.

The district cov­ers a wide area, stretch­ing around Castle­maine Har­bour, Ross­beigh Strand, Caragh Lake and MacGil­ly­cuddy’s Reeks. It is the only Euro­pean des­ti­na­tion on the list, with the other five in China, Canada, Ar­gentina, the USA, and Jor­dan. The news fol­lows the re­gion’s re­brand­ing to fo­cus more on its po­ten­tial as a des­ti­na­tion for out­door ad­ven­tur­ing.

“We al­ways thought the Reeks District had much more to of­fer vis­i­tors, and we are proud to be reap­ing the first re­wards of our re-brand­ing of this mag­nif­i­cent re­gion,” Mid Kerry Tourism Clus­ter Chair­per­son Jens Bachem said.

TRAVEL web­site ‘Rough Guides’ has rec­om­mended Kerry’s Reeks District as a po­ten­tial des­ti­na­tion to its read­ers for 2019.

Con­trib­u­tors Jenny Cahill-Jones, Kieran Meeke, and Kirsten Pow­ley named 19 des­ti­na­tions they were ex­cited to ex­plore for 2019, in­clud­ing ‘six re­gions on our radar’, of which the Reeks District was one.

The Kerry re­gion is in gilded in­ter­na­tional com­pany in the form of lo­ca­tions such as Yun­nan in China, the Iberá Wet­lands in Ar­gentina, Yukon in Canada, Wadi Rum in Jor­dan, and Alabama in the United States.

In ex­tol­ing the virtues of the Reeks District, the travel guide cited a num­ber of as­sets such as the lo­ca­tion’s rugged land­scape, am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties in terms of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, high-qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion, and fes­tive at­trac­tions such as Puck Fair, Glen­beigh Races, and Biddy’s Day.

The district cov­ers a wide area, stretch­ing around Castle­maine Har­bour to other beauty spots such as Ross­beigh Strand, Inch Beach, Caragh Lake, and MacGil­ly­cuddy’s Reeks.

Fol­low­ing its re­cent re­brand­ing to place more at­ten­tion on its po­ten­tial as an out­door and ad­ven­ture des­ti­na­tion, the re­gion has at­tracted sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est from tourists and jour­nal­ists alike, and this recog­ni­tion is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment in its suc­cess­ful re­brand­ing.

“We are both as­tounded and de­lighted to have been se­lected as one of Rough Guides’ Best Places to Visit for 2019,” said Mid Kerry Tourism Clus­ter Chair­per­son Jens Bachem. “We al­ways thought the Reeks District had much more to of­fer vis­i­tors and we are proud to be reap­ing the first re­wards of our re-brand­ing of this mag­nif­i­cent re­gion.”

Climbers on Car­raun­toohil, part of the Reeks District.

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