N18 Road improvements must be completed before Volvo Ocean Race – BREEN.

March 12th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Welcoming the news that Galway will host the final leg of the 2012 Volvo Ocean Race, Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today (Wednesday) that it could provide a timely economic spin-off for tourism in County Clare provided that every effort is made by the tourism promoting agencies in the County, including Shannon Development to capitalise on the opportunities which it presents.

“Infrastructural developments in the Region must also be fast tracked so that no obstacles are placed in the way of maximising the potential tourism benefits which the hosting of this event offers.” Deputy Breen added.

“Thousands turned out in the middle of the night last year as the Volvo race fleet sailed in to Galway and it left the participants with fantastic memories of their visit to Galway and Ireland and many of them are already looking forward to their return trip.”

 

“I congratulate all those involved in lobbying and campaigning to have the final leg arrive into Galway in 2012. It is estimated that this event could boost tourism in Galway by up to €80 million and they had to compete against stiff competition from other European cities.”

 

“The hosting of the event in Galway presents a huge opportunity for an economic spin-off for tourism in County Clare. We have a tourism product here in County Clare which is second to none, top class Bed & Breakfast & Hotel Accommodation; numerous tourist attractions such as Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Aillwee Caves, the Burren, The West Clare Railway and the Killaloe Heritage & Brian Boru Centre.”

 

“It is important now that infrastructural developments in the Region are fast tracked and that no obstacles are placed in the way of maximising the potential tourism benefits which the hosting of this event offers. Sections of the N18 Motorway between Ennis/Gort and Gort/Oranmore must be completed within this two year timeframe and the extension to the Western Rail Corridor finalised. Shannon Airport must also be marketed as a destination for yachting enthusiasts who are travelling to Ireland for the Volvo event.”

“The Hosting of the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race provides an opportunity for an economic spin off for tourism in County Clare and I would appeal to the Tourism promoting agencies including Shannon Development to make sure that this opportunity is capitalised upon.”

 

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