Ennis has been awarded ‘Coach Friendly Destination’ status by the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC), a representative body for Ireland’s coach touring companies and private bus operators.
Ennis is one of only three towns in Ireland to have successfully achieved this accreditation, following a submission by a joint working group comprising Clare County Council and Ennis Chamber.
Kevin Traynor. National Director, CTTC, who was in Ennis to present the award said, “This accreditation recognises the significant efforts made by the working group to build on the infrastructure investment made by Clare County Council. ‘Coach Friendly Destination’ status is very advantageous to any town wishing to attract coach tourism and I believe Ennis will reap benefits now and into the future.”
The free coach park features 14 spaces, on-site facilities and a drop-off / pick-up bus shelter 100m from the town centre. The site is also equipped with a water supply for coach washing, waste water disposal facilities and 24-hour CCTV monitoring.
Councillor Paul Murphy, Mayor of Ennis, said the accreditation will have the potential to, “Significantly increase the volume of visitors to the town resulting in a very welcome boost to the local economy. Coach Tourism remains very important for the local tourism and hospitality sector and therefore, this accreditation will greatly assist ongoing efforts to encourage additional operators to the town.”
William Cahir, President of Ennis Chamber, said: “It is estimated that a coach of visitors can spend up to “3,000 on a day trip of shopping in Ennis’ attractive shops, boutiques and restaurants. Ennis Chamber looks forward to working with Clare County Council in using this newly gained a ‘Coach Friendly Destination status to further promote the town as a tourist destination and a great place stay, shop and enjoy.”