Today was the day that we finally got to visit the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland. This was one of the aspects of this trip that I was the most excited about prior to our departure. We had another early wakeup this morning, leaving our accommodation at 7:30. We had a long bus ride across the country to get to the west coast of Ireland which took about 3 hours. Once we got to the west coast, we exited the bus and started to walk up toward the cliffs. As I stood at the edge of the cliff, I couldn’t believe the view. I was completely mesmerized by the beauty of the landmark. We stayed there for around an hour then headed to Galway to explore the town and get lunch. A few of the people on the trip stopped in a pub and had lunch and then we stopped in some shops before heading back to the bus to depart back to Dublin.
From a business perspective, I feel like tourism contributes a lot to Ireland’s economy. Since Ireland is such a huge tourist destination, the country is able to bring in a lot of revenue. If someone were to come here for a visit, they need to book accommodations, get food at stores/restaurants, rent a vehicle/transportation costs, and stop at all of the attractions that they wish to go to which all contribute to the economy. Not only does tourism increase revenues, but it also increases job opportunities for the locals that otherwise would not have the chance since some areas of the country have significantly limited options for work for those who don’t have a higher education. From a cultural perspective, I feel like tourism’s main benefit is the preservation of the history and heritage of Ireland. Throughout all of our tours and visits, at some point, the idea of Irish culture was brought up and explained in pretty great detail. This personally made me appreciate the development of this country and understand how history still plays a part in the hearts of all of the people who have grown up here. You could even argue that tourism has grown the culture of this country in a positive way. Through all of the museums and restorations of historical landmarks, a deeper appreciation is created which is beneficial for locals and tourists.
If I was tasked with making a sales pitch for Ireland from a business standpoint, the main point that I would cover is how beautiful the different areas of the country truly are. Whether the locations be the Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny, Wicklow mountains, or even just the scenery as you drive along the highways. You could argue that the beauty of the country can draw in tourists which in turn can increase revenues through tours, shops, and historical sites. That leads to the next point of what my pitch would be, which is the history and culture that have been so prevalent in the development of this country. This again could increase profits with historical tours and museums of Irish history, but the main point would be how cultural understanding can help build bridges across borders which can help Ireland become even more successful in business and in development. I would then wind down the pitch by talking about how accepting and insightful the people of Ireland really are. I have spoken to a lot of locals during my time here and during every interaction I left feeling like I learned something new or came away with a new idea of something to do as a tourist. This could be a huge selling point since nobody wants to visit a country where they feel unwelcome.
Tomorrow we are back at it again with the site visits. We are visiting Microsoft early in the morning and then later in the afternoon, we are checking out Thinkhouse. I’m eager to learn even more about the business processes here in Ireland.