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Plan To Develop Lough Derg Into Eco-Friendly Tourist Destination Unveiled

Published on May 6 2021 2:23 PM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Lough Derg / The Lough Derg Visitor Experience Development Plan

Plan To Develop Lough Derg Into Eco-Friendly Tourist Destination Unveiled

A plan to develop Lough Derg into an eco-friendly tourist destination has been unveiled.

As reported by The Irish Independent, the plan has been unveiled in a 64 page blueprint titled "The Lough Derg Visitor Experience Development Plan", and its overall aim is to sensitively develop Lough Derg, which borders counties Clare, Galway and Tipperary, as a "slow tourism" destination, with an emphasis on environmentally-friendly, value-added tourism that delivers the maximum benefit for the communities that surround the lake.

Plan Details

A key goal of the plan is to extend the existing tourism season and create a more year-long offering that will benefit the economies of the areas that surround the lake via revenues, investment and employment opportunities.

The 64-page blueprint highlights how to develop the area's assets in the best way possible, what infrastructural challenges need to be overcome and what actions can be taken to upgrade the existing tourism offering.

One of the plan's key targets is to develop revenues from overseas tourists by 3% annually up to 2024.

Another of the plan's key targets is to achieve growth of 3% in domestic bed nights and the number of visitors to major local attractions annually up to 2024.

A major element of the plan will be a focus on value-added and environmentally-friendly tourism investments from accommodation assets to restaurants and cafés to outdoor leisure experiences.

The importance of outdoor facilities due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic has been noted.


According to The Irish Independent, local residents have said that they are optimistic that the plan can succeed due to the co-operation involved between Clare, Limerick and Tipperary councils, and agencies including Fáilte Ireland, Waterways Ireland, Inland Fisheries, Coillte, EU LEADER groups and local community development groups.

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