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EDEN 2015 - Finalists announced

 

Finalists for EU competition for Region with Best Use of Food Potential announced

Finalists for EU competition for Region with Best Use of Food Potential announced

 

Fáilte Ireland today announced the four Irish finalists of this year’s EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) competition with Tourism and Local Gastronomy as the theme. The Burren Food Trail, Wild Atlantic Way So Sligo Food Trail, Cong Food Village and West Waterford will be anxiously waiting for the overall winner which is due to be announced on 22 May 2015.
 

The theme of the 2015 competition ‘Tourism and Local Gastronomy’ and the four Irish locations chosen are currently preparing for on-site assessments during the week of Monday 11th May when they will be visited by a panel of expert adjudicators.  This assessment will allow each applicant an opportunity to provide further evidence of their Tourism and Local Gastronomy destination of excellence.

Held every two years, EDEN focusses on a different aspect of tourism each time with the winning destination to receive a promotional photo shoot to market itself as well as €5,000 towards highlighting its attractions. The winning entry will also represent Ireland at a ceremony/exhibition in Brussels later this year.

Commenting on the competition, John Mulcahy, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Hospitality, said:

“We are delighted to announce the four Irish finalists shortlisted in this year’s EDEN competition. Each of these applicants have clearly demonstrated that their local gastronomy has taken a clear role in their tourism offering while concurrently sustaining their local environment.

“Ireland has long been recognised for the beauty of its landscape and seascapes in addition to the warmth of its people.  But in recent years, both domestic and international visitors are coming for our food and drink too.  Our clean seas and rich fertile soil result in having the best raw ingredients that are of critical importance to Ireland’s attractiveness to our visitors.

“As food tourism grows in popularity it is truly heart-warming to see so many regions placing their local gastronomy at the centre of the visitor experience. I would like to congratulate them for being shortlisted in a competition which is sure to boost the profile of their region as a destination”

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For further information please contact:

Laoise Donnelly
Press Officer – 086 0404788 / 01 8847135
Catherine Whelan 
Press Officer - 087 6449572/01 8847181

Further information on EDEN competition:

The aim of the EDEN project is to draw attention to the value, diversity and shared characteristics of European tourist destinations and to promote destinations where economic growth is pursued in such a way as to ensure the social, cultural and environmental sustainability of tourism.
• The competition is being promoted in the whole European Union, in the candidate countries and in the EFTA countries. 29 countries will be participating in 2015. 
• The winning destination in Ireland will receive a photo shoot of the destination, €5,000 for business development support initiatives, a certificate of achievement and an awards ceremony.
• In additions all applicants will receive a written report on their application with expert feedback from the adjudicators.
• In addition, the EU will offer the winner in each Member State international promotion of the destination through the EDEN web-portal (www.edenineurope.eu), a stand at the EDEN exhibition, two short promotional videos, and participation in the EU EDEN network.

Who is eligible?

Eligible destinations are those:
• that are “small” or “emerging” or “off the beaten track” or “non-traditional” (with visitor numbers from low to very low in comparison with the national average);
• shall offer authentic Tourism experiences;
• that have a well-developed gastronomy that is characteristic of the region.
Eligible destinations are those where the visitor density is low; where the tourism product has been developed using local and regional food experiences as an asset while protecting the environment and meeting the needs of visitors and local residents; and where the tourism offer is managed in such a way as to ensure its social, cultural and environmental sustainability.





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