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Council closes Cliffs of Moher centre and other facilities

Clare County Council has closed a number of facilities including the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience due to severe weather conditions expected during Hurricane Ophelia. Limited essential services will be provided by the council during Monday. A number of local authority facilities will remain closed during the day. These include the Central Waste Management Facility, Ballyduffbeg, Ennis, Lisdeen, Scariff and Shannon Recycling Centres; Active Kilrush Amenity Park, Active Ennis Leisure Centre, Active Ennis John O’Sullivan Park, Lees Road, all Clare County Library branches, Clare Museum, Loop Head Lighthouse and the Clare Arts Office.

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Cliffs visitor numbers climbing

Visitor numbers to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience were up 15.8% during 2015, it has been confirmed. 1,251,574 people visited the Clare County Council owned centre last year compared to 1,080,501 during 2014, meaning that the Cliffs of Moher broke the one million visitor figure for the just the second time ever last year. It is the fifth successive increase in visitor numbers to the Cliffs of Moher with year-on-year increases of 12.5%, 10%, 8%, 10% and 12.3% being achieved during 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively. Fully Independent Travellers (FITs), mainly travelling by car, made up 49% of the total, representing a 14.6% increase compared to 2014   Groups travelling by coach made up 45.6% of the total and increased by 16.1% on the previous year.  Others including walkers, cyclists and those travelling by public transport made up 5.4% and increased by 16.5% compared to 2014. “This is the highest number of visitors since records were first kept exceeding the …

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Pitching Clare to Canadian Travel Agents

Six prominent Clare companies pitched their businesses to a group of 20 top Canadian travel agents who are in Ireland to attend the Fáilte Ireland’s autumn sales workshop. Representatives from the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience; Trump International Hotel & Golf Links, Doonbeg; Secret Ireland Escapes; Shannon Heritage; Dromoland Castle and Doolin Ferry Company attended the Canadian Destination Expo in Barbarstown Castle, Co Kildare. The workshop, which was organised by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland, was the last in a series of six sales workshops which were organised to focus on attracting more overseas visitors from key markets including the North American market. Irish tourism businesses engaged in almost 8,500 one-to-one sales meetings with approximately 275 major travel agents and overseas buyers during the past weeks. Speaking at the workshop, Ciara Sugrue, Head of Publicity, Trade and Promotions, Fáilte Ireland said: “The North American market is an important market for Ireland and we are delighted to be welcoming …

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A third of Cliffs visitors stay the night

ONE-third of all visitors to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience in the past year stayed at least one night in the county, according to new figures. More than 1,660 people completed online surveys for the attraction in the 12 months from August 2014 to August 2015 and these figures show that 33.2% of visitors indicated they had spent either the night before their Cliffs visit, the night after or both nights, in County Clare. “This indicates a minimum of 536,174 overnights in the county, not taking into account those staying longer than two nights. In 2014, incentive pricing for group tours arriving before 11am or after 4pm was introduced, which further encourages an overnight stay locally,” Ger Dollard, director of services, Clare County Council, stated. The local authority, which owns the centre, reledased the new figures. Mr Dollard stated that while the average spend in the county per visitor to the Cliffs is not known, “by any measure the …

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A golden glow on Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience has been awarded the first ever Heritage Gold award in the annual CIE Awards of Excellence. CIE Tours International staged their 25th annual Awards of Excellence at Dublin Castle, where Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring presented the award to the Clare County Council owned visitor attraction. The Heritage Gold award is presented to the single supplier in any category who has contributed most to the success of CIE Tours International last year. 24,334 surveys were completed by CIE customers who visited the Cliffs of Moher as part of a tour in 2014 and an overall satisfaction rating of 95.5% was achieved by the attraction, which last year saw overall visitor numbers break the one million mark for the first time.

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12.5% increase in Cliffs of Moher visitors

Visitor numbers at the Clare County Council owned Cliffs of Moher visitor attraction have increased by 12.5% during 2014 breaking the one million mark for the first time. Figures released reveal that visitor numbers have hit 1,075,000 for this year, representing an increase of over 115,000 visitors on the overall figure for 2013. 2014 marks the fourth successive year of increased visitor numbers to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. The visitor centre has also seen substantial investment in product and facilities in 2014 with a spend of over €600,000 on additional coach parking facilities, new exhibition content, restoration works in O’Brien’s Tower and a redesign of the foyer at the visitor centre. “A number of positive factors combined during 2014 to drive visitor numbers over the one million mark,” Katherine Webster, Director of Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. “New routes and increased access into Shannon Airport, the launch by Failte Ireland of the Wild Atlantic Way on which the …

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Rita is one in a million at Cliffs Visitor Centre

The one millionth visitor to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience in 2014 was recorded on Monday, October 20. Rita Shaw from Niceville, Florida, USA, became the one millionth visitor when she arrived at the Cliffs at 11am. Rita, who is on holiday in Ireland with her husband Stephen, was greeted onsite with music and a champagne reception before being presented with a certificate marking the occasion, as well as a €5,000 prize return holiday to County Clare. 2014 marks the fourth successive year of increased visitor numbers to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, with figures for the year so far up 12% on 2013. The Clare County Council owned visitor centre has also seen substantial investment in product and facilities in 2014, with a spend of over €600,000 on additional coach parking facilities, new exhibition content, restoration works in O’Brien’s Tower and a redesign of the foyer at the visitor centre. Councillor John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County …

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Clare participants in Canadian tourism expo

County Clare was well represented among a 78-strong Irish tourism industry group at a Fáilte Ireland-hosted workshop targeted at the Canadian market. Dromoland Castle, Doolin 2 Aran Ferries, Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience and Shannon Ferries were involved in the first in a series of custom-made workshops in Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin on Friday last. The Canadian Expo workshop saw 78 Irish tourism trade meet with 20 Canadian agents who were very keen to develop business contacts and business relationships with Ireland. The vastness of Canada, and with the agents coming from many locations within Canada, was seen as a great opportunity and very cost effective means for the Industry to meet the agents. Martina Bromley, head of sales with Fáilte Ireland stressed the importance of hosting events like these and the benefits for the Irish trade involved. “We are delighted to welcome these important Canadian travel agents, as they plan their 2015 packages. These overseas agents have the capacity …

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