Galway’s tourism industry will benefit from ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ development
The selection of Connemara as the first phase of the new tourist initiative will be a major boost for Galway and the West’s tourism industry and is underpinned by a €1.8 million investment by the Government.
Called the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, the initiative builds on similar successful projects abroad whereby a specific driving route is mapped out and entices tourists from both home and abroad on a driving holiday.
Commented Galway West Deputy, Seán Kyne, “the selection of Connemara is an indication of the esteem in which the region’s natural beauty is held. The spectacular landscape, which is internationally renowned, made it the natural choice for the first phase of the Atlantic Way which will eventually encompass a driving route of 1,400 km stretching from West Cork to Donegal.
“Minister Michael Ring, as Minister for Tourism, and his department have worked closely with Fáilte Ireland, GMIT, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Galway County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta to develop this amenity.
“The comprehensive plan arrived at by the various organisations working together will further enhance the tourism industry in Connemara which is an integral part of the local economy. Defining and mapping extensive driving routes will attract larger numbers of tourists to the region who will then avail of the high quality services, such accommodation and dining, that Connemara has to offer. Without doubt other areas along the West coast will follow Connemara’s lead.
“The strategic approach to tourism planning, as evidenced by the Atlantic Way project, compliments the Tourism VAT initiative which introduced a reduced rate for tourism sector businesses and demonstrates the Government’s clear commitment to one of our most important indigenous industries,” concluded Deputy Kyne.