Shannon Development to review Kilkee Tourist Office

August 20th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Following concerns raised by the Kilkee Chamber of Commerce in respect of the current operating hours and facilities at the Kilkee Tourist Office, Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen had written to Shannon Development regarding same.

Speaking following the reply which he received today from John Quinlivan, Manager, Visitor Centres, Shannon Development, Deputy Breen said that “this has been a particularly difficult year for the tourism sector throughout the country and while the number of tourists visiting the office in Kilkee have held their own, at the same time, the number of Irish people holidaying at home has actually increased this year. Statistics will show I expect that many of the tourists who visited Kilkee this year were home-grown tourists.”
“It is opportune now as the end of season approaches that a review takes place and that plans are put in place for the 2011 season which would allow Kilkee to reach out to more visitors especially given the success of Loop Head in being awarded the title of European Destination of Excellence in Aquatic Tourism and the potential that there is for tourism development throughout West Clare.
“All the local stakeholders and Groups must sit down together, The Local Public Representatives, Council Officials, the Chamber of Commerce, Shannon Development and Oireachtas Members. The Library as proposed last year would make an ideal location for the Tourist Office especially as it has internet access and with the proposed upgrading of the Library, I hope that serious consideration will be given to locating the Tourist Office here. The office could should include a gift shop, internet access and any other facilities which would improve the service available to tourists coming to Kilkee. An exiting new tourist office could be in place for 2011 and I hope that discussions will get underway as soon as possible so that facilities can be in place for next summer.”