[Enniskerry, Co Wicklow] Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow has been shortlisted in the category of Regional Asia Business Initiative (Tourism) at the Asia Matters Business Awards 2018.
Presented by the Asia Matters in partnership with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, the Inaugural Asia Matters Business Awards recongnise Irish Companies who have achieved strategic success in Asia. Sponsored by PWC, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Ibec, the judges were looking for evidence of clear business results through ‘innovative and well executed Asia specific strategic approach’ to the market.
Sarah Slazenger, Managing Director of Powerscourt Estate said:
“Powerscourt Estate is delighted to have received a nomination among such a prestigious group. Given our ongoing commitment and investment in the Asian Market, including joining the Tourism Ireland delegation to China for the past 2 years, this nomination recognises the effort we have made to attract and welcome Asian tourists to Powerscourt and Wicklow.”
“Powerscourt attracts over 500,000 visitors each year into the region and visitor numbers to the gardens from both the China and Asian markets have risen by 22% and 19% respectively in the current year. Our dynamic and multilingual interpretive guides have allowed us to create a deeper and more engaging experience for our Asian visitors and bring to life the characters and stories from Powerscourt’s 800 years of rich and exciting history. This combined with our ongoing commitment to training staff and to the Asian market will help grow our visitor numbers further and have a positive knock on effect for other businesses in the region.”
Set in the wild Wicklow countryside overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt is one of Ireland’s most beautiful and intriguing country estates. The Gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer visitors a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks.
Also located within the Powerscourt Estate are two championship Golf Courses, Ireland’s Highest Waterfall, the Five Star Powerscourt Hotel, Cool Planet Experience and the Powerscourt Distillery.
Winners will be announced on 19th November at the Gala Dinner hosted by Grainne Seoige at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge at the culmination of The Global Asia Matters Business Summit in Dublin.