Burren Tourism told its Story06.03.2015
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark, in conjunction with the Burren Ecotourism Network, hosted The Burren Tourism Story 2015 at the Pavilion, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, on Wednesday 4th March.
Tourism providers and members of the local community were invited to attend the event which featured information stands highlighting the variety and quality of visitor attractions and activities on offer in the Burren, as well as food stalls hosted by the region’s established producers and restaurants.
Guest speakers at the event included Shannon Airport Chairperson Rose Hynes, award winning travel writer Mark Graham and Fáilte Ireland’s Fiona Monaghan.
“The primary aim of this annual showcase event is to highlight the variety and quality of visitor attractions and activities on offer in the Burren,” explained Tina O’Dwyer, Sustainable Tourism Co-ordinator, Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark.
“Sustainable tourism has experienced considerable growth throughout Ireland in recent years. The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark and the Burren Ecotourism Network are delighted to have played a central role in this process locally by promoting sustainable practices in the areas of food and tourism development. We have shown that through a community-centred approach to promoting responsible tourism coupled with a strong sustainability ethos, significant economic and social benefits can be delivered for those who live in and visit a particular area,” said Ms. O’Dwyer.
Commenting on the variety of the tourism product on offer on the Burren, Ms. O’Dwyer stated: “The Burren Food Trail and new Burren Outdoor Adventure & Activity Trail are examples of innovative product development by the Burren Ecotourism group. For example, every Monday from Easter to October, the members and friends of the Burren Food Trail present a special food-themed event. At the same time, the Burren Activity & Adventure Events offers a unique outdoor guided event each Saturday from May through to September. These initiatives are all geared towards increasing tourist numbers and overall bed nights throughout the year.”