The dutch Louis van Gaal this Saturday criticized the clubs that have asked to cancel the league competitions for the COVID-19 and said that “in sport the winner is declared on the field”.The former coach reproached the call of the current leader of the Eredivisie, Ajax, to suspend the tournament permanently and assured the Dutch newspaper “Algemeen Dagblad” what “There are clubs that use the coronavirus crisis for their own benefit.”“UEFA and FIFA are ready to adjust the rules and offer margin. Okay, let’s start working then. Then it can be expanded a bit next season with more games during the week“Van Gaal proposed. The position of UEFA and the Dutch Football Federation, which plans to resume the Eredivisie in the second half of June, has clashed with that of the Ajax. According to its technical director, Marc Overmars, both institutions are putting economic interests before health of the players and their families due to the risk of contagion. Van Gaal replied that parties should be resumed if health authorities establish “that the coronavirus has been defeated.”With eight days to go, nine for some teams, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar lead the Eredivisie with 56 points, although the Amsterdam team is in the lead on goal difference.“It cannot be that after 25 games an arrangement is made for Ajax to be champion. AZ Alkmaar has the same number of points and we’ve been three-quarters of the season. It does not matter? It doesn’t make sense, “he argued.For Van Gaal, the crisis caused by COVID-19 will also have consequences for the transfer market figures this summer. “I don’t think we will see transfers of more than 100 million euros”he indicated.
In a report launched as part of the conference, it was found that between 2011 and 2016, the local government sector leveraged a total capital investment of €170.9million in tourist attractions, with €73.3million of this investment made by local authorities, while the matching €97.6million capital was made by other stakeholders including Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. This supported 259 attractions with plans advancing for a further 121 new tourism products. Over 1,400 events and festivals are supported by local authorities every year, contributing to local economies.The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD also addressed the conference and said “Ireland is famous across the globe as a destination that is welcoming and vibrant. Perhaps our greatest potential tourism offering over the coming years is where the aspects of People and Place converge at the level of the local community. This conference showcases the collaboration between communities, industry, state agencies and the local authorities that makes it all happen”.“The Irish tourism offering originates with local people at local level. That’s why this event is so significant, it is the coming together of all local authorities in the country, including those with high profile Irish tourism successes, to share learnings and to see how we can continue to grow and develop our tourism offering in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.”Other speakers at the conference included Jim Deegan, Professor of Tourism at Limerick University, Raymond Coyle of Tayto Park, Paul Kelly from Fáilte Ireland, David McLoughlin of the Wexford Opera Festival and Simon Kay of Center Parcs.Donegal shares its tourism experience with National Tourism Conference was last modified: April 3rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Collaborating locally to compete globally – that was the message coming from the National Tourism conference in Wexford where Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely shared the Donegal Tourism experience.“Donegal’s tourism sector has grown substantially in the last number of years and we believe that there is potential for significant further growth in this sector. Only a relatively small percentage of visitors, who come to Ireland to experience the Wild Atlantic Way, travel north of Galway and we believe that there is a real opportunity for Donegal to increase our share of this market” says Seamus Neely.He added that the tourism sector is very important in Donegal and the business potential of tourism is well proven. “Tourism has been instrumental in our recovery and regeneration with tourism start-ups featuring strongly within the cohort of new businesses in the county”.“Donegal has of late received a number of high profile accolades including being featured as the ‘coolest’ Place on the Planet to visit in 2017 by the National Geographic Traveller Magazine and being awarded the ‘Ireland’s Hidden Gem’ title by readers of the ‘Irish Independent Travel’ Magazine”.“In fact Donegal, the #CoolestPlace has been trending continuously on Twitter for the last few weeks and we firmly believe that with the product offering we have and the accolades we are receiving we will see Donegal move to another level of tourism growth in 2017”The National Tourism conference which was hosted by the Local Government Sector and supported by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport highlighted the significant Irish success stories in tourism and the role of local authorities in facilitating this success. The Irish tourism market is supported by very targeted and active participation by local government and in partnership with a number of government agencies, who work very positively on national, regional and local initiatives.