Mayo TD Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, presented Mulranny with the 2013 Best Small Tourism Town Award at the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Town awards.
Mayo had three towns, Mulranny, Westport, and Murrisk shortlisted in the ten top tourism towns which all received certificates of merit to acknowledge their own impressive performances in reaching out to visitors and creating the best possible tourism experiences.
Minister Ring said: “Needless to say, as a Mayo man I am very pleased to be able to congratulate Mulranny on its great achievement in being awarded the title of ‘Best small Tourism Town’. I would like to commend all involved in the local community for their work, seizing the opportunity and really building local tourism along the newly created Greenway.
“I want to congratulate all the volunteers in the towns but it is particularly pleasing to see 3 towns/villages from Mayo in the Top Ten. It is their hard work and endeavour which ensures all visitors to Mayo and to the West experience the wonderful welcome and scenery it has to offer,” Minister Ring said.
The Tourism Towns Award was designed by Fáilte Ireland to promote those Irish towns and villages which are working hardest to enhance their appeal to tourists visiting their local area. Mulranny received €5,000 while Westport and Murrisk towns received €1,000 grants to accompany their certificates of merit. As well as the certificates and grants, all the shortlisted towns will be able to boost their pitch and use their ‘Tourism Town’ status when marketing themselves.
The finalists were chosen following an initial long-listing process where 45 towns were originally chosen for assessment. A panel of independent assessors, as well as a team of ‘secret shoppers’, visited each town/village to measure their tourism performance and the level of welcome to visitors.