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Cool Route to Visit Cork

Cool Route Project Partners will attend a project meeting which will take place this week in the Port of Cork offices, hosted by project lead partner Cork Institute of Technology.

The Cool Route Cruising Ground, described in the International Yachting Press as the World’s Most Adventurous Cruising Ground, is one of the most attractive coastlines globally and stretches from Cork, in the South of Ireland to Western and Northern Ireland, on to Western Scotland and then to the Faroe Islands and to Tromso, in Western Norway.

The Cool Route Project – Cruising Oceans on Latitudes above 51 Degrees North – investigates all aspects of the potential to establish a yacht cruising route along the western offshore areas of the Northern Periphery Area.  As an ecotourism product, exploiting the natural resources of the area in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally viable; this sea route will be marketed internationally and will have a common branding, booking and information system.

Speaking about the meeting Cool Route Project Manager, Dr. Breda Kenny, Head of the CIT Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence, Manager of the Cool Route project, said she was looking forward to a highly successful meeting of the steering committee. Dr. Kenny further stated that we were now at a very important stage in the project and it was vital to review all project work-packages and to look at the future actions and the realisation and commercialisation of the route.  The gathering of partners in Cork will also include stakeholders from local enterprises along the route, who will be the main beneficiaries of the selected stops.

Over the coming months, before the completion of the project, Cool Route will further engage with SME’s along the route and in particular the agreed selected stopovers to maximise the potential for local businesses in each unique region.   The primary objective of the Cool Route project is to bring new business opportunities to a wide range of small enterprises that provide quality goods and services. The Cool Route Information and Booking System provides a direct link between your community and enterprises and the visiting vessels. The Cool Route Project is now calling on enterprises and businesses to register on the Cool Route. The self-registration process is free, fast and simple to complete in a few minutes (www.sailcoolroute.eu) and includes automatic mapping of your location, details of your products and services and a direct link to your own business or community website.

For more information on the Cool Route Project, its reports and findings please check out our website on www.sailcoolroute.eu

The Cool Route Project is funded by the Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme. You can follow the project on https://www.facebook.com/eucoolroute and Twitter #eucoolroute

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**Notes for Editors:

Cool Route: The Cool Route Coastline from Cork right up the Wild Atlantic Way to Donegal, along Northern Ireland, Western Scotland, Faroe Islands and on to Norway, covers one of the most scenic cruising grounds globally and apart from the outstanding natural beauty of the route, it provides uncrowded and most importantly highly secure waters in which to voyage over long distances. The Cool Route Project investigates all aspects of the potential to establish a yacht cruising route along the western offshore areas of the Northern Periphery Area. As an ecotourism product, exploiting the natural resources of the area in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally viable; this new sea route will be marketed internationally and will have a common branding, booking and information system.

Cool Route Partners/Roles: The partners in the COOL Route Project are Cork Institute of Technology (Lead partner and Business Planning), Donegal County Council (Project Publicity and Dissemination), Glasgow Caledonian University (Route Logistics and Planning),Royal Cork Yacht Club (COOL Route Marketing), Derry & Strabane City Council (Common Booking System), Torshavn Port Authority (expert inputs safety ) Blues Seas Marinas (expert inputs design, realisation and commercialisation planning), Western Norway Research Institute (Rural Tourism Development).

 

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