The Burren Eco Tourism Network has won a Lonely Planet award in its 'Best in Travel' picks for 2021.
The group consists of more than 60 local enterprises committed to sustainable tourism in the Burren limestone landscape and the Cliffs of Moher geopark.
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It is the only Irish tourist project included in the Lonely Planet's list of more 30 global tourism enterprises.
The network was listed in the 'Best in Community' category, which also included an Australian group for their restoration work after the horrific bush fires, as well as a community in Medellin, Colombia, trying to revitalise one of the world's most dangerous cities.
Local people who lead trekking tours and home stays in Ethiopia also made the list.
Lonely Planet describes Burren Eco Tourism Network as an impressive community collaboration which has "transformed Ireland's Burren and Cliffs of Moher geopark into a global leader for sustainable tourism".
All enterprises involved in the network subscribe to the region's code of sustainable practice, promoting slow tourism, local engagement and greater responsibility for a sustainable future.
Each business is encouraged to measure waste output, water consumption and energy usage and make reductions in these areas.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, congratulated members of the Burren Eco Tourism Network.
He said it was a well deserved accolade, recognising all their hard work to become a global leader for sustainable tourism.
CEO of Burren Ecotourism Jarlath O'Dwyer said it was thrilled to have received the award, particularly since tourism had been hit so badly during the Covid-19 crisis.
He said the network had found that collaboration is the key to its success in marketing the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark, while also protecting it with a code of sustainable practices.
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2021 highlights people, destinations and tourism projects that shine a light on pioneering sustainable practices, regenerate local communities and promote representation in all aspects of travel.
The guide reflects how attitudes to travel have changed and how travellers are now focusing on ensuring the impact of their holiday is safe and positive for host communities and looks to the future of travel in a post-pandemic world.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Lonely Planet Vice President Noirin Hegarty said she is delighted that the Burren Eco Tourism network is mentioned in this year's best of travel list and said she is optimistic about tourism next year.