Heritage and Tourism:

Helping communities unravel the narrative of their own community.

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“Culture Is the Bedrock of the Tourism Experience.”

Episode 2 Podcast Notes

Tomorrows Visitors Podcast Episode 2 with Alison Harvey, Programme Manager for The Heritage Council of Ireland

Heritage and Tourism

Have you ever wondered where does heritage sit within tourism or visa-versa? Have you ever thought about the natural and built assets within 5km of where you live? Very often visitors seem to be well-informed about the local environs.

Helping communities unravel the narrative of their own community

In this podcast, Alison talks about the importance of tourism being “future-proofed”.

“culture is the bedrock of the tourism experience.” Alison is helping communities unravel the stories and “narrative” within their own community. Her focus is on putting “placemaking” before “place marketing”. Alison claims we have all these layers of 100s and 100s of years of form and fabric that are in the towns of Ireland.

Alison talks about the Heritage Council’s recent initiatives. For example, The Heritage Action Plan for Tipperary Town.

This project focuses on the need to reuse, repurpose landmark and traditional buildings.

Initiatives

We then discuss the Collaborative Town Centre Heritage Programme. This is a 15 step process for towns to follow.

In 2020 the Heritage Council has supported two national initiatives:

• Record what is within 2k of where you live.

• A Children’s Art Competition.

We also discuss how to use new technologies to extend the reach new audiences. In particular, using apps to market places, people, and performances. Alison concludes with a final plea to support your local town centre.

Heritage Resources

The Heritage Council of Ireland has a diverse range of interesting publications. These are well worth checking out:

• Adopt a monument Research Toolkit

• Discover the Walled Towns of Ireland

•Gardening for Biodiversity

.Know your 5k

• Youtube: Behind the Scenes -looking at The Medieval Town Walls of Athlone, Co Westmeath

To contact Alison send an email to: aharvey@heritagecouncil.ie

http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/TheHeritageCouncil

Feel free to share this.

Tomorrows Visitors Podcast Episode 2 with Alison Harvey, Programme Manager for The Heritage Council of Ireland

Heritage and Tourism

Have you ever wondered where does heritage sit within tourism or visa-versa? Have you ever thought about the natural and built assets within 5km of where you live? Very often visitors seem to be well-informed about the local environs.

Helping communities unravel the narrative of their own community

In this podcast, Alison talks about the importance of tourism being “future-proofed”.

“culture is the bedrock of the tourism experience.” Alison is helping communities unravel the stories and “narrative” within their own community. Her focus is on putting “placemaking” before “place marketing”. Alison claims we have all these layers of 100s and 100s of years of form and fabric that are in the towns of Ireland.

Alison talks about the Heritage Council’s recent initiatives. For example, The Heritage Action Plan for Tipperary Town.

This project focuses on the need to reuse, repurpose landmark and traditional buildings.

Initiatives

We then discuss the Collaborative Town Centre Heritage Programme. This is a 15 step process for towns to follow.

In 2020 the Heritage Council has supported two national initiatives:

• Record what is within 2k of where you live.

• A Children’s Art Competition.

We also discuss how to use new technologies to extend the reach new audiences. In particular, using apps to market places, people, and performances. Alison concludes with a final plea to support your local town centre.

Heritage Resources

The Heritage Council of Ireland has a diverse range of interesting publications. These are well worth checking out:

• Adopt a monument Research Toolkit

• Discover the Walled Towns of Ireland

•Gardening for Biodiversity

.Know your 5k

• Youtube: Behind the Scenes -looking at The Medieval Town Walls of Athlone, Co Westmeath

To contact Alison send an email to: aharvey@heritagecouncil.ie

http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/TheHeritageCouncil

Feel free to share this.

About The Author

Kieran Swail

I am currently employed as a Tourism Innovation Specialist at Southern Regional College. My main role is to provide practical support for Business through R&D Projects, Industry Mentoring, Specialist Knowledge Transfer, Training Services, developing academic linkages, delivering seminars, events and workshops reflecting the needs of the local tourism industry. Previously I ran my own tourism training and consultancy business for 8 years. I have over 25 years experience in the industry working in a range of operational and management roles including; managing a family pub business, operating and selling educational and sports tours, promoting corporate hospitality, lecturing in travel and tourism, tour guiding, providing training and mentoring support to SMEs and evaluating projects.

Specialties: Tourism mentoring and training, project evaluation

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