The search for the 10 millionth visitor to Fota Wildlife Park has ended as Catherine Cullinane from Tuam, Co. Galway walked through the gates and scooped the prize of a safari holiday for two to South Africa. Fota Wildlife Park is a conservation and educational charity and the income from the 465,000 people who visit the park annually finances the development and operation within the Park.
Sean McKeown, Director of Fota Wildlife Park said, “We are delighted to welcome Catherine Cullinane as the 10 millionth visitor here and present her with this magnificent prize of a safari trip to South Africa. We really felt that it was important to mark this occasion as it not only represents a milestone for Fota and also for the region. As one of the biggest tourist attractions in the area, we know from the B&A surveys we regularly conduct that our visitors pay out on average €430 per holiday and contribute €190 million annually into the region on spends that include accommodation, dining and transport. We also feel that it is very important to continually develop the Wildlife Park and during 2019 alone we have spent €900,000 on capital projects such as the Madagascan Village on Palm Walk, and a new playground near the Oasis Cafe.” He continued: “We are a conservation charity and we feel very strongly about giving something back to the visitors, without whom it would be impossible to continue our work in education, research and conservation.”
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