With the summer months fast approaching, Visit Waterford and the region's tourism and hospitality industry has already started and are preparing for an even busier summer season as they get set to welcome a crescendo of domestic and international tourists every week to Ireland’s oldest city and county.

As Ireland prepares for its first summer without restrictions since 2020, there is huge optimism across Waterford’s tourism and hospitality industry according to David McCoy, Chairman of Visit Waterford who said, “There is certainly a lot more optimism and confidence across the industry as we prepare for a very important summer, welcoming more visitors both new and old to the region. Waterford enjoyed a very busy summer in 2021 in line with domestic travel opening up and we especially look forward to welcoming even more international visitors back, there are already signs of increased footfall, which of course is a hugely important step in the rebuilding of the industry to pre-pandemic levels.”

This week, Visit Waterford launched its 2022 summer tourism campaign, ‘Waterford - Your adventure starts here’ which will showcase what Waterford city and county has to offer as a tourism destination in Ireland’s Ancient East.

Commenting on the launch of Visit Waterford’s summer campaign, Cllr. Seanie Power, Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Waterford said, “Waterford is a fantastic tourism destination and we are certainly spoilt for choice when we look at what’s on our doorstep. Whether you are looking to climb the Comeragh Mountains, make a splash in the sea, cycle the greenway or soak up the vibrancy of Waterford City, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Businesses and attractions across Waterford continue to grow and develop, never standing still to ensure they are providing memorable experiences and this is a testament to the growth in visitor numbers across the region.”

Tina Darrer, Co-owner of Dooley’s Hotel in Waterford City said hotels in the region are looking forward to welcoming Irish and international tourists to Waterford this summer, “We are entering into the summer months with a lot more certainty this year, and holidaymakers are keen to lock in their summer plans. We are delighted to welcome back even more international visitors to Waterford and confidence is high among the international travel market in choosing Waterford and the South East as an attractive travel destination. Many of Waterford’s much-loved festivals are back this year which is fantastic and it’s great to see such confidence and positivity across the industry.”

For further information on Visit Waterford head over to www.visitwaterford.com which is packed full of wonderful itineraries and a comprehensive listing of everything that this special region has to offer. 

Visit Waterford is supported by Waterford City and County Council, Fáilte Ireland, local hospitality, amenity, and entertainment providers.