The iconic Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare are in danger of losing out in the final of the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition, for which voting ends today.
The Cliffs was listed in the final 27 in 2009 from an original entry of over 440 from 220 countries, millions of votes have been received.
A win for the Cliffs would lead to tens of millions in tourism gains says experts
The top 10 Finalists as of last weeked were, in alphabetical order: the Dead Sea, the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, Halong Bay, Jeita Grotto, Jeju Island, Komodo Island, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Sundarbans and Vesuvius.
However the Komodo National Park in Indonesia was already disqualified as “not credible”
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Revealing the current top 10 New7Wonders spokesman Eamonn Fitzgerald stated, : "In our first campaign for the man-made wonders of the world, many changes took place in the final week and days so the top 10 we have announced today will certainly change. With millions of votes still set to come in, Finalists who are not in today's top 10 could yet make it into the chosen 7."
Clare County Council Director of Services Mr Ger Dollard told the Clare Herald : "We still see it as all to play for in the final few days. As with all vote-based competitions activity in the final few days will determine final outcomes. We appeal to everybody to do whatever they can to generate votes for the Cliffs of Moher in the final few days. Success in the competition will be a major boost for Ireland and Irish tourism."
"The campaign for the Cliffs has gathered significant momentum in recent weeks with the support of many high profile figures including Giovanni Trapattoni, Michael Flatley, President-elect Michael D Higgins, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and Minister for Tourism, Leo Varadkar. The benefits for Ireland of making the final 7 are enormous and will deliver a major increase in international visitors to Ireland as well as increasing the country's profile in global tourism marketing and promotion," Mr Dollard added.
The first count will be announced at 7:07pm on Friday, 11 November 2011.
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