moting Access to Coastal Tourist Attractions (Promoting Access to ..)
moting Access to Coastal Tourist Attractions
(Promoting Access to Coastal Tourist Attractions)
Date du début: 31 déc. 2005,
Date de fin: 30 déc. 2008
This research project, which aims to identify sustainable development plans for Antrim and Donegal sea cliffs, has shown that by implementing a joint approach can greatly enhance the opportunity for both areas. The Cliffs Feasibility study; Promoting Access to Coastal Tourist Attractions examines the potential of developing sustainable tourism at two sea cliff locations, The Gobbins cliffs in Island Magee, County Antrim and Slieve League in County Donegal. Both are incredibly spectacular areas, which many tourists come to see but up until now, have been marketed separately. The project was managed by Imeall Trá who commissioned consultants to conduct the feasibility studies.The study took 12 months to complete and sought widespread input from local communities, local agencies as well as National Parks and The National Trust. It is the first of its kind to explore a joint approach to sustainable development for coastal cliffs from both sides of the border. The sustainability and preservation of the areas is a major priority. The process has proved very successful due to the commitment and participation from communities in Antrim and Donegal.David ONeill Imeall Trá speaking about the close relationships which had formed as a result of the Feasibility study said, This is the future of tourism. The study has unearthed some interesting ways in which both the communities of Slieve League and The Gobbins can benefit from working together. We are very pleased with the enthusiasm we have received from everyone. Theres no doubt there is strong commitment for Antrim and Donegal to apply a joint approach in the future.We are delighted that by pairing up, we can both benefit from the insights of this important research, said Geraldine McGahey, Chief Executive of Larne Borough Council. Both communities have gained so much from sharing their experiences and seeking ways of working together to develop these majestic tourism projects.The Cliffs Feasibility Study represents vast cross border cooperation from a huge number of organisations; Larne and Donegal County Council, Udaras na Gaeltachta, Failte Ireland, Northern Ireland Tourism Board, National Parks and Wildlife, The National Trust and community groups from both Sea Cliff areas.The next phase is to develop a plan together which will incorporate these findings and promote the spectacular cliff experience in Donegal and Antrim.
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