Sligo Business Community Signs up to special Charter for the Fleadh
Shops, pubs restaurants and hotels in Sligo have signed a special charter to ensure visitors to the world’s biggest festival of Irish traditional music will not be hit by price hikes on food, drink and other services.
A huge €30m windfall to the local economy is expected from the Fleadh which begins on Sunday with more than 350,000 visitors due over seven days. The country’s biggest cultural event of the summer will feature 20,000 musicians and 250 events over the course of the week.
Shops, pubs and hotels are keen not to jeopardise the massive cash boost and a concerted campaign has begun to ensure visitors come back for more.
Speaking on RTE radio’s ‘Morning Ireland’ programme, Sligo Chamber chief executive Paul Keyes said it was crucial for the economy to encourage visitors to come back – and the best way of doing that was by offering value and quality service.
Prices will be clearly displayed and businesses have been issued with a special sticker to display in their shop windows.
The “In Tune with the Fleadh” initiative commits the businesses to a standard of service, value, quality and being environmentally responsible.