The Burren Ecotourism Network in Co.Clare has been named a "Best Community Tourism Project" by Lonely Planet.
The accolade was unveiled on Tuesday November 17 in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2021.
Lonely Planet described the Burren Ecotourism Network as "an impressive community collaboration of local enterprises which has transformed Ireland's Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark into a global leader for sustainable tourism."
Minister for tourism, culture, arts, Gaeltacht, sport and media Catherine Martin TD stated, "I would like to congratulate the Burren Ecotourism Network on being recognised as one of the best community tourism projects in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2021. This is an internationally-renowned accolade for the group and well deserved. In such a challenging year for the tourism industry, I am heartened to see Ireland and, in particular, the Burren Ecotourism Network become world leaders in sustainable tourism. When the time is right, I would encourage both domestic and international tourists alike to visit Co. Clare and view the wonderful community activism on show, which helps protect this stunning part of our island."
"A Well-Deserved Accolade"
Meanwhile, Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons commented, "I would like to congratulate the Burren Ecotourism Network on being named a 'Best Community Tourism Project’ in Lonely Planet's prestigious Best in Travel 2021. It is a well-deserved accolade, recognising all of their hard work to become a global leader for sustainable tourism. I would also like to thank Lonely Planet for the wonderful support they have shown the island of Ireland over the years. In what has been a devastating year for travel and tourism, this accolade is really good news and will surely inspire travellers everywhere to put the Burren, Co. Clare and the island of Ireland on their holiday wish-list when the time is right."
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