The Tourism Minister Catherine Martin will this evening launch the latest Westport Tourism Survey.
"Westport-Where Visitors Feel at Home" - is the title of the report by Fr Michéal MacGréil, which is the latest in a series of tourism surveys conducted in the popular tourist town, dating back to 1987.
This latest report looks at the current tourist situation in Westport and what the town has to offer - in terms of accommodation, value for money, indoor & outdoor activities and visitor experiences - and outlines data from hundreds of questionnaires devised to assess the town's standing as a quality visitor destination.
Almost 250 visitors were surveyed in late 2019, while some 180 service providers in Westport also completed questionnaires on a wide range of tourism issues.
A final chapter, written against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic, includes 21 suggestions by the author on how to continue improving Westport's tourism offering.
These include developing the town's infrastructure, constructing a multi-storey carpark in the town, providing indoor recreation facilities for young teenagers, providing additional public toilets, providing State grants for holidays, and the protection and promotion of Croagh Patrick as a place of pilgrimage and hill-walking.
Fr MacGreil concludes by saying that, after the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be an extra need for people who've suffered various degrees of lockdown or cocooning to come to places like Westport to relax, and he says this will require an extra effort on behalf of the Westport community, providers and citizens to respond appropriately to the post-Covid situation.