Pod Umna Village is a Fáilte Ireland ‘Welcome Standard’ member.

In June 2015, Fáilte Ireland launched a new ‘Welcome Standard’ targeted at innovative, quirky or unusual tourist accommodation businesses (such as glamping, pods and log cabins) which do not fit into its existing approval frameworks. To coincide with the launch, Fáilte Ireland has also released a video to promote the scheme within the industry.

A place where visitors can be assured of a warm greeting.

This new standard has been introduced in recognition of significant changes in both consumer tastes and the range of accommodation types now available. The new Welcome Standard will bring many more tourism operators into tourism’s ‘approved’ family as complementary additions to existing traditional tourism accommodation stock such as Hotels and B&Bs. More information about the new standard can be viewed here.

Launching the new standard at Fáilte Ireland’s HQ in Dublin Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, explained:

“This new Welcome Standard will provide visitors to Ireland with a new easy to understand seal of approval for all those types of accommodation not currently covered by existing approval frameworks. The Welcome Standard will provide added reassurance to tourists when making their plans to come here through a simple and recognisable symbol guaranteeing quality, professionalism, friendliness and comfort. The standard will also encourage many new types of accommodation providers to examine their offer and ensure it meets the standards expected by the modern tourist.”

Pod Umna Village, a place where visitors can be assured of a warm greeting…

“Having the Fáilte Ireland quality assured standard stamp of approval means the world to us. It is the recognition that will indicate to potential guests that we are a place they can be assured off a warm greeting, safe in the knowledge they will be properly taken care of during their stay and helped in every way possible. To sum up the new standard I would say it is about putting the real Fáilte first, second and third into the visitor experience and we are delighted to be a part of it”.

Dick Ridge,
Operations Manager and Co-Owner PodUmna Village