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Ireland proves a world beater in travel and tourism awards

Loop Head Dreams

Published 05/11/2015 | 02:30

The cliffs outside Kilkee in Co Clare are part of the Loop Head trail, which won gold in the World Responsible Tourism Awards
The cliffs outside Kilkee in Co Clare are part of the Loop Head trail, which won gold in the World Responsible Tourism Awards
Carrigaholt Castle, Loop Head.

Three tourism businesses were deemed winners at the World Responsible Tourism Awards held in London yesterday.

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'Loop Head Tourism' in Co Clare was awarded gold in the 'Culture and Heritage' category of the 12th annual awards, announced at World Travel Market.

The 60km loop takes in 14 stunning local attractions in the county, including Carrigaholt Castle, the Bridges of Ross, Kilkee Cliffs, and the Church of the Little Ark.

The trail was launched in 2014 and can be enjoyed on foot, by bicycle or car.

"We are over the moon to have won and are absolutely delighted for the team of people who worked with us," said Cillian Murphy, Chair of Loop Head Tourism.

"We feel it is a just reward for all the people on the Peninsula who have an interest in protecting our, now, world class heritage."

'Cnoc Suain' in Galway scooped silver in the same category.

'Connemara Wild Escapes' were also winners, picking up a silver award in the 'Best for Engaging People and Culture' category.

The World Responsible Tourism Awards take place as part of World Responsible Tourism Day, commending tourism initiatives that demonstrate organisation in a way that reduces their carbon footprint and preserve, respect and benefit destinations and local people.

"I am delighted to see three businesses located along the Wild Atlantic Way triumph today at the World Responsible Tourism Awards," said Fiona Monaghan, Head of Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

"It is a testament to the unique experience available to visitors on the West Coast of Ireland and proves that tourism businesses are considering the future."

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