Strengthening the social, business and economic links between County Kerry and Germany was central to a visit on Tuesday to Tralee by the German Ambassador to Ireland and the chief executive of the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Deike Potzel was welcomed to the offices of Kerry County Council and also met with a number of local industry, business and tourism representatives.
The ambassador and her colleagues met with the Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, the Acting Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Terry O’Brien, and representatives of the council’s Economic Development Unit. Cllr O’Brien said that there were extensive transport, tourism and economic links between Kerry and Germany:
‘Kerry and Germany are closely connected thanks to direct flights to and from Frankfurt and Berlin and the German tourism market is hugely important to the county. Many German companies and industries have deep roots in Kerry and that is critical to our economic development as a county. I look forward to the enhancement of existing and new links between Germany and Kerry into the future,’ he said.
During the visit, the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Tralee Chamber Alliance signed a Certificate of Partnership to further strengthen economic and business links between Tralee and Germany. Chief Executive of the Tralee Chamber Alliance, Ken Tobin said:
‘Tralee Chamber Alliance and the German Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce are coming together to begin a journey that will develop even stronger relations between German businesses and Kerry businesses, working together we will enable tourism and industry to have a support resource that will assist them in both locations to grow and expand into the future.’
Ambassador Potzel also visited the Borg Warner plant in Tralee and met with other industry leaders and representatives in the county.