Environmental Policy Statement
We recognise that our business has an important role to play in protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations and to help secure the long - term sustainability of the Tourism Industry
We collaborate with all stakeholders to collectively develop the Geopark as a sustainable tourism destination. We attend as much training and networking events as possible throughout the year as well as participating with sub groups formed from Burren Eco Tourism Network.
A cared-for landscape
We actively participate in conserving our natural and cultural heritage. We will take part in clean ups, adopt a hedgerow scheme and we have adopted the Leave No Trace principles through the hotel also informing our guests of the same.
A well-understood heritage
We offer quality information and interpretation to communicate our stories and the unique character of our place to guests. The Merriman Hotel has a wide range of tourist information on site with Geopark maps and booklets of information, we also include a Heritage paragraph of info on the Geopark on our guest bedrooms booklets. The Merriman Hotel staff will take part on the 2019 Heritage training organized by the Geopark and already have a deep understanding of the area they work and live in.
We work to ensure that tourism makes a positive social contribution so that it benefits our community as well as our guests. 70% of our suppliers are based in The Burren, we also always promote Kinvara as a destination and not the Hotel itself, we help organise 2 festivals every year, The Fleadh Na gCuach Irish Music Festival in May, the Cruinniu Na mBad festival in August, which is a traditional Hooker Boat Regatta which bring many more guests to our area. We also help fundraise and are involved in sponsorship of many local groups in our area.