The Cliffs of Moher Experience has been named the winner of ‘Ireland’s Best Visitor Attraction’ in the Irish Independent’s annual Reader Travel Awards for 2023.
The Co. Clare visitor attraction finished ahead of Ireland’s best-known tourist sites in a poll of Irish and international readers of the Irish Independent and adjudication by a panel comprising Niall Tracey (director of marketing, Fáilte Ireland), Pól Ó Conghaile (travel editor, the Irish Independent), John and Francis Brennan (hoteliers), Roz Purcell (author and adventurer) and Katy McGuinness (food writer and restaurant critic).
It is the second time that the Cliffs of Moher has picked up the overall award, having previously been named ‘Ireland’s Best Visitor Attraction’ in 2019.
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Welcoming the award win, Cllr Tony O’Brien, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, paid tribute to the local authority-owned visitor attraction’s management team, whom, he said, “continually set a high bar for other attractions to follow, in terms of offering a quality visitor experience and investing in new initiatives that promote increased sustainability at the site.”
Bobby Kerr, chairperson of the board of the Cliffs of Moher Centre Ltd, said, “The Cliffs of Moher are a much-loved tourist attraction here in Clare and across the world. They are synonymous with Ireland and remain a key driver for the local tourism sector and the wider economy. This award win reflects the high regard in which Ireland’s most-visited natural attraction is held by people at home and abroad.”
Geraldine Enright, director of the Cliffs of Moher Experience, described the award as “a wonderful start to the new year for Clare tourism and everyone associated with the Cliffs of Moher.
“Winning this award is a source of great pride for staff and will help to position the Cliffs of Moher and County Clare as a must-visit travel destination during 2023,” Enright added. “Whether it is through our approach to embracing a sustainable ethos, ensuring accessibility for all on site, working with local businesses and suppliers, or delivering new initiatives, such as Meet the Makers or the upcoming Clare and Cliffs of Moher Retail Expo, we are committed to further improving the experience for everyone who visits the Cliffs of Moher.”
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