Clare Tourism has welcomed this week’s Royal visit to Clare, adding that it will help to grow the number of British visitors to the County as well as promote the local tourism product.
Paul Madden, Chair of Clare Tourism: “I am delighted that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall chose Shannon Airport as their arrival point into Ireland as this will send out a clear message that Clare and the West of Ireland are easily accessible. His visit to the Burren is recognition of the region’s international profile and the work that has taken place over many years to establish the area as a sustainable tourism destination, something that Prince Charles is a long time supporter of.
“This visit is as much about promoting a positive message to the lucrative British tourist market as it is about providing an international platform to promote Shannon Airport, the Burren and all that Clare has to offer. Clare tourism has a lot to be proud in terms of its development in recent years. The emergence of the Burren, Lough Derg and Loop Head Peninsula as leading international sustainable tourism destinations highlights the local sector’s ability to adapt to changing international trends, while at the same time continue to embrace and promote our wonderful environment and the contribution that local communities have to make,” added Mr. Madden.
Martin Waldron of the Burren Ecotourism Network, who is the North Clare representative of the recently established Clare Tourism Steering Group, commented: “This is a good week for the Burren and County Clare as Prince Charles’ visit will certainly help to raise the national and international profile of the region. Prince Charles was pushing the sustainable tourism model two to three decades ago and it is fantastic that he is recognising the Burren’s work to promote sustainable tourism.”
“With direct flights into Shannon Airport currently being offered from three London airports, Birmingham and Manchester, the county has never been so well placed to attract British visitors, one of our most important markets,” he concluded.
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