‘App’ could link all Kilkenny sites, says McGuinness

A SMARTPHONE ‘app’ for Kilkenny could help guide visitors to all of the area’s attractions and encourage longer stays by tourists, says Cllr Andrew McGuinness (FF).

A SMARTPHONE ‘app’ for Kilkenny could help guide visitors to all of the area’s attractions and encourage longer stays by tourists, says Cllr Andrew McGuinness (FF).

Speaking after a Fáilte Ireland presentation at this month’s meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council, he suggested that an app could use information from Trip Advisor, for example, “to guide them along to the next point and in turn hold people here overnight rather than just a day trip.”

Amanda Horan, Fáilte Ireland’s client services officer for the South East, replied that an “e-interactive map” was being developed, and that “we see this as the first phase to progress the idea of the app.”

Their research has shown, however, that the number of overseas visitors using apps remains low, she said, “because roaming charges are still quite high in Ireland.”

She said that an app would fit in with Fáilte Ireland’s efforts to help visitors branch out from the main sites. The footfall at Kilkenny Castle is over 200,000 visitors, for example, but it is a “struggle to get them to the other end of the city.”

Buses at St Canice’s

To address the latter problem, Mayor David Fitzgerald (FG) proposed adding a place for buses to park in the St Canice’s area.

“Visitors to our city do not go to the St Canice’s area because they do not have a bus to come get them there. It is a major piece of infrastructure that we need to put in place,” he said. “The large numbers visit Kilkenny Castle because the bus drops them at the gate.”