Westport and Clew Bay Area to become 'Ireland’s first official cycle-friendly destination'

A new initiative backed by Mayo County Council is being developed to promote sustainable cycle tourism in the Westport and Clew Bay area.

In conjunction with Destination Westport, Westport Chamber of Commerce and Mayo County Council - Cycle Friendly Clew Bay aims to establish Westport and the Clew Bay area as a world-class, affordable cycling destination aimed at both domestic and international tourists.

Cycle-Friendly Clew Bay stated: "As a town on the Western extremities of the country, Westport enjoys the unique advantage of being located on three of Ireland’s premier cycling routes – the Great Western Greenway, the Wild Atlantic Way and the Eurovelo Ireland route, as well as the exciting new Clew Bay Bike Trail.

"The Cycle-Friendly Clew Bay website provides visitors with all the information they need to plan their cycling holidays in Westport and West Mayo, with recommendations from the very best cycling routes to brilliant bike-friendly cafés, B&B’s, hotels and restaurants. Covering everywhere from Achill Island to Lough Finny and Doolough Valley, the site will spread the benefits of cycle tourism to service providers in Westport and surrounding areas, as well as tourists visiting the area.

"With tourists now looking for healthier, more sustainable travel and exercise options, the hospitality sector in the Clew Bay region has the unique opportunity to adapt to cater for the huge increase in cycling tourism. It is an industry which is worth €44 Billion to the European economy annually, and the cycling tourist spends 9% more than the average tourist.

"In conjunction with Destination Westport, Westport Chamber of Commerce and Mayo County Council who are fully funding the project for the first two years, local businesses are being offered the chance to be part of this exciting new initiative.

"Registering your business is free and simple. The more local stakeholders that come on board, the greater the benefit for the town. An informational webinar is due to take place on Monday February 21 at 9.30a.m and again on Tuesday, February 22 at 7.30p.m. Please email mdolan@mayococo.ie to register."


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