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Down to a ‘tee’ : Two golfers get in some practice ahead of three prestigious open golf events in Ireland in 2016

Down to a ‘tee’ : Two golfers get in some practice ahead of three prestigious
open golf events in Ireland in 2016

FERRY company Stena Line  is swapping the gangway for the  fairway in 2016 with its sponsorship  of three prestigious open golf events  in Ireland. The company has joined  forces with golf holiday specialists  Club Choice Ireland to present  a Seniors Open, a Ladies Classic  and a Mixed Pairs event at some of  Ireland’s leading golf resorts. 

Club Choice Ireland are experts in  creating tailor-made golf breaks to the  east and south east of Ireland and with  Stena Line operating daily trips from  Holyhead to Dublin Port, Fishguard  to Rosslare and Cairnryan to Belfast,  the short journey across the Irish Sea  provides just enough time to work  out the best course strategy for each  location.  Ian Baillie, Stena Line’s Key  Account and Product Sales Manager,  UK & Ireland, said: “Joining with  Club Choice Ireland provides Stena  Line with access to some of Ireland’s  leading golf resorts and being able to  sponsor and support a series of events,  particularly those for women and older  players sits well with our customer base.

“Not only that but players have  the added benefit of being able to fill  the car with their own golf clubs and  equipment with no additional baggage  charges, an important consideration  especially for travelling groups.”  Tiernan Byrne, Managing Director  of Club Choice Ireland, said: “We have  been developing our relationship with  Stena Line over a number of years  and I’m delighted they are increasing  their support of golf tourism. They  have played a crucial role in helping us  grow the number of golfers travelling  from the UK to Ireland and I’m  delighted that we can build on our  great partnership and that they have  ‘come on board’, pardon the pun, as  sponsors for our new program of 2016  golf events!

“These new events are focused  on showcasing different regions  and venues of the east and south  east of Ireland as truly great golfing  destinations, which they are. The  ultimate aim is to have our participants  travelling home having enjoyed some  great fun, great golf and looking  forward to coming back again and  again.“  The first event in the series is the  Stena Line Senior Mixed Pairs, April  10 – 13, hosted by Knightsbrook Hotel  Spa and Golf Resort and play will take  place on the Royal Tara, Rathcore  and Knightsbrook courses. The  package includes three nights B&B  accommodation, three rounds of golf,  presentation dinner and Stena Line  ferry travel – £300pps, based on two  sharing.

Next is the Stena Line Seniors  Open, May 22 – 26, staying at the  4 star, Hotel Kilkenny, playing  Castlecomer, Gowran and Kilkenny  courses. Package includes four night’s  accommodation, three rounds of golf,  horse racing evening at Gowran Park  with coach transfers, and Stena Line  ferry travel – £285pps, based on four  travelling per car.  Finally it’s the Stena Line Ladies  Classic taking place from June 5 – 9,  staying at the 4 star Mount Wolseley  Hotel Spa and Golf Resort and play  will take place at Mount Wolseley and  Bunclody courses. Package includes  four night’s accommodation, three  rounds of golf, presentation dinner  at Mount Wolseley and Stena Line  ferry travel – £325pps, based on four  travelling per car.

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Port of Milford Haven confirms compliance with National Marine Safety Code



THE PORT OF MILFORD HAVEN has confirmed its compliance with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC).

The confirmation comes following an audit by leading maritime consultants ABPmer.

The Port Marine Safety Code is a national standard that applies to all harbour authorities. The Code and its accompanying guidance provide an essential toolbox to ensure the control of risk and the maintenance of safety in ports and in the marine environment.

Port of Milford Haven’s Harbourmaster and Marine Director Mike Ryan is proud of the Port’s continued compliance with the Code.

“This is further endorsement and confirmation of everyone’s commitment here at the Port of Milford Haven to providing a safe operation for all port users,” said Mike.

Monty Smedley, ABPmer’s Lead PMSC Auditor, who conducted the audit, said: “I am very pleased to confirm to the Port of Milford Haven’s Board that their harbour operations demonstrated compliance with the requirements of the Code, with many examples that we considered to be industry best practice.”

The MCA’s Ports and VTS Policy Manager, James Hannon, who leads PMSC compliance for the UK government said: “The Code is recognised across the industry and has been developed in partnership by the UK government and industry over the last two decades. The resources set out how ports can assess risks, design safety management systems, and also install governance processes to ensure that a Designated Person is able to evaluate controls and report directly to port duty holders and boards.”

The Port of Milford Haven’s Board formally declares its compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code to the MCA every three years.

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Pembrokeshire business encourages others to take advantage of free courses



IN LIGHT of the recent Welsh Government announcement on the re-opening of the Welsh tourism sector, Wales. A Food Destination is running a number of masterclass sessions tailored for the hospitality sector.

Wales. A Food Destination is a project which specialises in supporting retail and hospitality businesses to source, serve and sell Welsh food and drink through cafes, restaurants, shops, farmers markets, food festivals, B&B’s and tourist attractions.

Throughout April virtual workshop sessions will take place, covering a variety of areas such as local food and drink pairing, breakfast menu inspiration, how to offer the best customer experience possible, through to creating an authentic local eating experience, with a particular focus on sourcing local ingredients.

According to Laura Alexander, co-coordinator for Wales. A Food Destination, the aim is to give a helping hand to those in the sector looking to source, serve and sell Welsh food in a post Covid world,

“It is great that we are able to offer such a diverse range of training opportunities to hospitality businesses in Wales as the sector prepares to re-open. We know that a lot of businesses have been closed for a long time now, and are looking forward to re-opening and refreshing what they have to offer. We are keen to support them with opportunities for learning.

“The masterclass sessions will hopefully assist businesses in recognising how our first rate produce can make their offer even more attractive and help in boosting the sector at such a crucial time.”

One business who have benefitted from attending one of the recent workshops is Melin Tregwynt, based in Haverfordwest.

“It was great to take the time to look at what we can do to prepare for whatever re-opening throws our way this year. Also to be able to access such a brilliant resource of recipes, information and ideas. Thank you to all involved in delivering these courses.”

The good news is that all courses are delivered virtually and are fully funded for any business who sources, serves and sells Welsh food.

For a full list of courses available, please visit

Wales. A Food Destination project offers fully funded one-to-one consultations, so if you are a retail and hospitality business and are looking for support or advice then please contact Laura Alexander at

Wales. A Food Destination is a project funded by the Welsh Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. Its aim is to support businesses source, serve and sell Welsh Food & Drink.

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Marketing agency and PR specialist appointed for Visit Pembrokeshire



Visit Pembrokeshire, Wales’ first Destination Management Organisation (DMO), which launched on 16th November 2020, said in a statement that it is delighted to announce that it has appointed both a marketing agency and a PR specialist.

In a statement, Visit Pembrokeshire said: “This is to help bring to life the county’s 2020-25 Destination Management Plan and to deliver a tourism campaign over the next 12 months.

“Following competitive pitches for both positions, Visit Pembrokeshire confirms that mr.h has been appointed as the marketing agency to develop a new brand identity and shared narrative for Pembrokeshire. The company specialises in the travel and lifestyle sectors and has been tasked with raising the profile of Pembrokeshire, including the destination’s year-round offering, dispersing visitors across the county and driving growth in the visitor economy.”

Also appointed is the experienced public relations specialist Travel PR, which will work in partnership with mr.h and the in-house team at Visit Pembrokeshire.

The shared aim of the agencies is to build awareness of Pembrokeshire’s many wonderful attributes, its ease of access and its year-round offerings – from its stunning coastline to its incredible range of authentic experiences. Growing tourism in a responsible and sustainable way is seen as vital.

The marketing campaign is being funded in part through the Enhancing Pembrokeshire Grant, a scheme which raises funds via second-home council tax premiums. Visit Pembrokeshire was awarded funds to launch an integrated 12-month marketing and PR campaign to grow the value of tourism in the county. Says Emma Thornton, Chief Executive, Visit Pembrokeshire: “This is an exciting step forward for Visit Pembrokeshire. These appointments come at an important time and will support destination recovery. Local businesses and the wider community will benefit from the investment, particularly given the challenges that the tourism industry has faced over the past year.”

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, Paul Miller, says: “I’m delighted that Visit Pembrokeshire has made these high-quality appointments which will help to take Pembrokeshire to the next level, ensuring it is rightly seen as a world-class destination. I’m determined to support this industry which is so vital to jobs and our economic vitality, whilst ensuring that we manage the destination in a sustainable way to protect what makes it so special.”

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