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CELTIC Routes, a project which promotes Ceredigion and partner areas in south west Wales and Ireland, will be showcased at the International Celtic Congress this weekend.


The International Celtic Congress, which was to be held in Aberystwyth in 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19. However, it will be held virtually this year between Friday 2 July and Sunday 4 July, enabling a wider, worldwide audience to participate for the first time.


The Congress meets each year with the host country choosing the theme of the conference. This year the hosts, Wales, are focusing on how to be successfully Celtic in the modern business world, showcasing several businesses in Wales and the other Celtic countries.


One initiative being showcased during the conference is Celtic Routes. This is an Ireland-Wales tourism project which highlights the historical and cultural relationships between south west Wales and south east Ireland. Celtic Routes partners include Ceredigion County Council, Carmarthenshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the counties of Wexford, Wicklow and the City and County of Waterford in Ireland.


One key objective of Celtic Routes is to encourage businesses in these areas to work together and become directly involved in developing products and experiences.


Councillor Rhodri Evans, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet member for the Economy and Regeneration, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome the Celtic Congress to Ceredigion this year, albeit virtually, and also to introduce delegates to Celtic Routes. Ceredigion has opened its doors once more to visitors but COVID-19 has made us all think more carefully about travel, including whether we should consider alternatives to tourism hotspots. Respecting our landscapes and our communities is at the core of the Celtic Routes brand.”


Áine Ni Fhiannusa, International President of the Celtic Congress said: “What an adventure our conference will take us on this year coming to you virtually and will be seen for the first time by the Celtic Diaspora worldwide.”


More information about the Celtic Routes project can be found on their website: https://celticroutes.info/

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