New Clare Tourism chair to be appointed

New Clare Tourism chair to be appointed


Donnagh Gregson
Donnagh Gregson

A new representative voice for Clare Tourism will be appointed this Thursday.

The incoming Chairperson of the group responsible for the tourism marketing and promotion of County Clare will succeed Donnagh Gregson who has held position for the past two years.

A newly elected Steering Group comprising tourism representatives of five geographical areas in Clare, as well as Clare County Council and Clare Tourism will select the new appointee.

The Steering Group includes Paul Madden of the Temple Gate Hotel (Ennis), Cathal Blunnie of Doonbeg Adventures (West Clare), Maurice Walsh of Durty Nellys (South Clare), Eoin O’ Hagan of Clare Virtually (East Clare), Martin Waldron of the Burren Ecotourism Network (North Clare), Ger Dollard (Clare County Council) and Maureen Cleary (Clare Tourism).

Outgoing Clare Tourism Chair Donnagh Gregson expressed her optimism about the prospects for the local sector and pointed to significant positive developments during the past 12 months.

“There are many reasons for optimism within Clare tourism at present. The past year has seen visitor numbers continue to rise as the local sector starts to reap the awards of its vigorous and innovative promotion of the County’s wonderful tourism product. This progress has been aided by the expansion of services to and from Shannon Airport, the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Cliffs of Moher breaking the one million visitor mark for the first time.” said Ms. Gregson.

“Looking ahead to 2015 and 2016 and I am equally confident that further gains will be made. Clare County Council’s leading of a yearlong programme that promotes Clare as a county of culture is a welcome development, while Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis next year will give a national and international platform for Clare tourism. Equally, the commitment and expertise of Clare Tourism will ensure that the gains of recent years will be maintained and built on,” she added.

Ms. Gregson meanwhile, has congratulated the local sector on its strong representation in the 2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards, the winners of which will be announced later this week.

Clare has received 7 nominations in the prestigious annual awards scheme including Loop Head and Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark (Best Destination), Hotel Doolin and Pure Camping (Best Small Hotel or Accommodation), Burren Smokehouse Ltd. (Best Local Food Initiative), An Taisce Green Schools Travel / Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark Partnership (Best Transport Initiative) and Dolphin Watch (Best in a Marine or Coastal Environment).

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