The Deputy President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has encouraged people planning their domestic holiday this summer to considering a stay in one of the country’s many farm guesthouses.
According to Brian Rushe: “2020 is a year unlike any other. Many people, including farm families, have taken a huge economic hit as a result of Covid-19. I urge people who will be in a position to take a holiday during the summer to consider an agri-tourism break. This will provide much needed support to our hard-hit rural communities.”
Mr Rushe added: “Many working farms also operate B&Bs and guesthouses. For people curious about farming, food production and agriculture, it’s a great way to experience how an Irish family farm operates first hand. The website – www.agritours.ie/ – specialises in these types of holidays, but people can also find farmhouses and farm B&Bs on all of the major booking websites.”
The State’s tourism sector will begin to re-open next month with many people now beginning to consider a potential ‘staycation’ in the coming months.
“Additionally, for IFA members planning a break we are partners with Original Irish Hotels, a group of small, family run, Irish-owned hotels. IFA members receive a 15 per cent discount,” said Mr Rushe.