Kilkenny County Council in partnership with Kilkenny Volunteer Centre again launched the ‘Kilkenny Welcome Team’ today 24th May. The Welcome Team are a group of approx. 20 trained volunteers who will meet and greet visitors to Kilkenny, providing a warm Kilkenny welcome along with visitor information over the summer months.
The Kilkenny Welcome Team will be strategically placed at high footfall locations around Kilkenny city to provide a range of information from opening hours to local attractions, nearby toilet facilities, pharmacists, ATM locations, train and bus times.
All Kilkenny Welcome Team volunteers are fully trained to engage and answer guests’ queries and will be out and about and very visible around our cobbled streets throughout weekends during the summer. Volunteers will only engage when asked and will not impose on any visitors uninvited.
Commenting on the initiative, Cathaoirleach Cllr Pat Fitzpatrick stated; “I am delighted and want to thank our volunteers who are out and about welcoming visitors to Kilkenny and are giving their valuable time in volunteering to be part of the initiative. The Kilkenny Welcome Team provides a great opportunity for individuals to put the Kilkenny jersey on and play a meaningful role in our visitors experience to the City”.
Deputy Mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr Andrew McGuinness added; “The launch of the Kilkenny Welcome Team demonstrates the commitment of Kilkenny County Council in supporting the local tourism sector to optimise the visitor experience for the 2023 season”.
Tourism Officer with Kilkenny County Council, Martina Comerford said; “The Kilkenny Welcome Team is a great example of how the community can join forces in an effort to drive tourism and hospitality in our County. Kilkenny has always been renowned for giving visitors a warm welcome, and now with the help of the volunteers; this on-the-ground approach from local people will show how Kilkenny really cares about its visitors.”