Breen welcomes agreement on a new location for Kilkee Tourist Office

April 1st, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has today welcomed the news that the Kilkee Tourist Office will re-open on the 18th May 2010. Congratulating John Quinlivan of Shannon Development and the local Councillors, Town Councillors, Local Chamber of Commerce and business people for their combined efforts in securing an alternative location for the Tourist Office in advance of the summer season, Deputy Breen said that he is “delighted with today’s news, adding that it is important now that the new location is advertised and promoted so that people will be encouraged to use the facilities which the Office has to offer.

“I am delighted that agreement has been reached on a new location for the Kilkee Tourist Office, in advance of the summer season and I would like to congratulate John Quinlivan of Shannon Development and the Local Councillors, Town Councillors, the Local Chamber of Commerce and business people for their combined efforts which has led to this successful outcome.”

“I believe that this is a sensible decision and I am particularly pleased that the long-term future of the Tourist Office has also been secured with confirmation that a Tourism Office will be incorporated into the plans for the Sweeney Memorial Library, which is being transformed at present. It is hoped that the Tourist Office will operate from the Library for the 2011 season. I supported this proposal from the start as I believe that the Library is an ideal location and as a focal point in Kilkee and it would be easily assessable for tourists.”

“Tourism is a significant contributor to the economy of West Clare and we have many top class tourist products in the area. Tourism is Ireland’s largest home-grown industry and against the backdrop of declining visitor numbers to this Country, it is important that West Clare attracts a substantial share of the stay at home tourism market. The Tourist Office in Kilkee can play a vital role in this regard, it is important therefore, that locals and tourists alike are aware of the new location of the Tourist Office and I hope that its new location will be advertised and promoted and I would encourage people to support the facility.”