Great news for Tralee as Kerry’s County Capital secures Purple Flag status
TRALEE has been awarded the Purple Flag which confirms the commitment to ensuring that Kerry’s capital town has a safe, vibrant and well-managed Night Time Economy.
Full details of the assessor/panel result will be sent to the Tralee Purple Flag Committee in October and the formal presentation of the Purple Flag accreditation will take place at an award ceremony in Norwich, England in November.
The aim of the Purple Flag is to increase footfall into town centres, lower crime and improve the night time experience.
In a team approach, the Garda, Kerry County Council, vintners and other representatives of the hospitality sector were involved in a comprehensive application process which was led by Tralee Chamber Alliance.
The Chief Executive of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Kieran Ruttledge, said: “Purple Flag destinations distinguish themselves by being vibrant and well-managed and this achievement will give Tralee a much needed boost. We were very happy with how Tralee was presented during the judges’ visit. They were particularly impressed by the facilities that the town has to offer families and the great range of drinking and dining options. Our Purple Flag coordinator, David Scott, and his team deserve much credit for their tireless efforts over the past number of months to prepare the application and the Judges’ tour of Tralee. Their hard work has paid-off and now the onus is on everyone in Tralee to ensure that we retain the Purple Flag into the future.”
The Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Norma Foley, said: “A vibrant Evening and Night Time Economy (ENTE) will further enhance the town centre of Tralee, helping to create a stimulating destination providing a safe, secure environment, with a broad choice and rich mix of entertainment and other activities. The pulling power will change throughout the evening, appealing to a range of age groups, including families, and will be accessible to all, whilst protecting the quality of life for locals and the interests of other businesses.”
Two judges visited Tralee in July and throughout a weekend assessment, the judges toured the area within a circuit from The Rose Hotel to Tralee Bay Wetlands to North Circular Road and back to Fels Point, covering pubs, hotels and restaurants, Siamsa Tíre Theatre, KDYS and Tralee Town Park.
Tralee is Ireland’s Best Large Tourism Town, a Gold Medal Winner in the European Entente Florale Competition and a six-time Gold Medal Winner in the Tidy Towns Competition.
There are a number of Blue Flag Beaches within 10 minutes of the town centre and now the Purple Flag accreditation to Tralee will strengthen the town’s as Ireland’s premier town in which to live, work and visit.
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