Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Clare Cllr. Cathal Crowe has welcomed a new initiative designed to bring tourists to the county for overnight stays.

A new deal undertaken by the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre will limit the number of day tours to the attraction and will require tour operators to visit another tourist attraction, to overnight in the county and to stagger arrival times.

Cllr. Crowe commented, “I am delighted that the proposal, which I brought forward at the December meeting of Clare County Council, is being implemented.  This has the potential to be a game changer for tourism in Clare and should see increased business for hotels, restaurants and other visitor attractions in the county.  The move will see spending spread across the country, rather than it being concentrated in one or two areas.

“My proposal called for a renegotiation of package itineraries with tour operators for the 2019 season to include an overnight stay in Clare and a visit to another tourism attraction in the county.  I am very grateful for the support my proposals were given by fellow Councillors and I am now delighted to see that Council officials are acting on them.

“The current system has failed to maximise Clare’s potential.  The practice of tour operators shuttling bus loads of tourists from Dublin in the morning to see the Cliffs of Moher before bringing them back to the capital for dinner and an overnight stay is seeing local restaurants, B&Bs and hotels losing out.

“If this initiative is managed correctly, it could see a major boost for tourism in Clare – and should build on the success of the Wild Atlantic Way, which was launched in February 2014.

“This is a positive step forward for the county and I look forward to seeing the benefits it will bring to local businesses in the months and years ahead”, concluded Cllr. Crowe.