General Industry

Fáilte Ireland’s Authority Meeting Held In Westport, On The Wild Atlantic Way

By Robert McHugh
Fáilte Ireland’s Authority Meeting Held In Westport, On The Wild Atlantic Way

Fáilte Ireland’s chairperson, Ruth Andrews – together with the senior management team and the entire authority (board) of Fáilte Ireland – gathered in Westport House this week, for the organisation’s quarterly authority meeting.

Fáilte Ireland’s recent research – conducted to mark the tenth anniversary of the Wild Atlantic Way – shows that the attraction drives €3 billion in revenue per year.

The organisation claims that a key focus for the future will be to continue to highlight the tourism offering in Mayo, and encourage visitors to stay longer and explore the ‘wealth of activities’ right across the destination.

Westport Estate

Fáilte Ireland’s authority members also had the opportunity to see first-hand the heritage attraction at Westport Estate, which was awarded a €20.2 million investment under Fáilte Ireland’s Platforms for Growth for Heritage and Cultural Attractions in 2021.

The project was part of an overall €75 million investment plan by the Hughes family to transform Westport Estate into a world-class tourism destination and visitor attraction, which will benefit the overall region.


Future Business Plans

A number of businesses and local-authority representatives from Mayo were invited to brief the authority members on their season to date and their future business plans.

These included representatives from Mayo County Council, Westport Woods Hotel, Westport Estate, the South West Mayo Development Company and the Old Irish Goat Centre.