Drogheda Tourist Office is housed in the Tholsel in the middle of the town's commercial district.
They are the very ones who stand to gain from an increase in tourist numbers to Drogheda but when they were asked recently to make a small donation to help run the tourist office, instead of reaching for their cheque books, local businesses chose to sit on their hands.
There’s no doubt that Drogheda has a huge potential to increase income from tourism but when Drogheda on the Boyne Tourism, the organisation that runs the tourist office in the Tholsel, put out an appeal for support two months ago, the response was far from overwhelming.
Drogheda on the Boyne Tourism Spokesperson Liam Reilly today expressed disappointment that their appeal for support, which they launched back in May, attracted only a handful of replies.
The organisation has therefore repeated its appeal for businesses and individuals to support Drogheda Tourist Office by becoming "Friends of Drogheda on the Boyne Tourism".
“The office receives support from Failte Ireland and from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, but this falls short of what is required to fund the office, which opens Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.” Liam said.
Apart from dealing with over 10,000 visits each year, the office also deals with many phone, e-mail and postal queries and publishes a weekly " What's On in the Drogheda Area" guide which lists cultural, heritage, sporting and family related events and the " Drogheda Gig Guide" listing entertainment in the local pubs and clubs. It also works closely with event and festival organizers to promote local events.
“Every day we hear and read about Drogheda's great potential as a visitor destination but when it comes to providing financial support there is little response” Mr Reilly said.
“Becoming a "Friend of Drogheda on the Boyne Tourism" involves an annual membership of €40 which is only 80 cents per week. Tourism benefits many businesses in the area and is an important factor in the local economy and he appealed for support.
Those wishing to become members can forward their subscriptions to Drogheda on the Boyne Tourism, The Tholsel, West St, Drogheda or call to the office and speak to Liam Reilly.