Funding of €500,000 has been allocated to Belmullet to help enhance its status as a tourism destination.
Mayo Co Council chose Belmullet as a candidate for funding under the Failte Ireland “Destination Towns” initiative due to its capacity and success in attracting international visitors for overnight stays and its great range of food offerings and tourist attractions to meet the needs of all visitors.
Mayo Co Council’s chief executive Mr Peter Hynes has welcomed the funding announcement saying: “The importance of tourism as an economic driver and source of employment cannot be overstated. It is a unique industry in terms of its ability to spur local job creation and sustain rural communities.
“Belmullet’s strategic location on the Wild Atlantic Way provides it with a unique appeal for tourists who wish to visit the area.”
The funding will be used by Mayo Co Council to enhance Belmullet’s public spaces in a way that will engage tourists and enhance their experience in the town.
Council cathaoirleach, Cllr Brendan Mulroy said he was delighted that Belmullet and Mayo will benefit from this new initiative.
“This funding will allow greater engagement with tourists and enhance their experience while visiting north Mayo.
“Congratulations must go to those who have worked hard in getting this project over the line both in Mayo County Council’s tourism department and those in the local community who make Belmullet what it is.”
Padraig Philbin, head of tourism with Mayo County Council, believes there is untapped potential in the north Mayo town. Mayo Co Council aims to make Belmullet a destination where tourists will want to linger to enjoy the unique local culture.
“The funding provided by Fáilte Ireland will give Belmullet a major boost in becoming one of the best places to visit in Mayo,” he concluded.