Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has said that the increases in visitor numbers announced by Shannon Heritage for last year, is further evidence that Government policy in relation to tourism has been a game changer for the industry in County Clare.
“The figures show an increases of over 8% for Shannon Heritage attractions, including the Cliffs of Moher, last year, and this on the back of gains in 2014 also,” said Carey.
Deputy Carey also highlighted the upward trend in passenger numbers through Shannon over the last five years, and the confirmation that French airline ASL has applied for permission to serve Paris and Rhode Island from May to September.
Deputy Carey said: “In the lead up to the last election, I and others in my party singled out tourism as a industry which, if given the right supports, could get this country back on its feet and reignite the economy in County Clare.
“The figures from Shannon Heritage today shows that the tourist industry has benefited hugely from this Government and has been one of the economic success stories both locally and nationally over the past few years. I want to welcome the comments by Shannon Heritage CEO John Ruddle who pointed to “the increased number of visitors coming through Shannon Airport” as undoubtedly being “a major factor” in the gains,” he added.