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Fáilte Ireland To Allocate Funding To Every Irish County To Develop Destination Towns Tourism

By Dave Simpson
Fáilte Ireland To Allocate Funding To Every Irish County To Develop Destination Towns Tourism

Fáilte Ireland has announced that it is allocating funding to every county in Ireland to develop the tourism potential of destination towns.

The funding has been allocated through local authorities as part of a €15.5 million "Destination Towns" initiative that was launched by Fáilte Ireland earlier this year.

Up to €500,000 per local authority will be allocated in two rounds by Fáilte Ireland to boost the attractiveness and tourism appeal of towns nationwide. The process of identifying the towns that receive funding commenced in mid-2019 and was led by local authorities in consultation with Fáilte Ireland.

Minister of state for tourism and sport Brendan Griffin confirmed that every county in Ireland will benefit and that the first round of allocations will take place in January.

The second round of allocations will take place in early spring, 2020, when further developmental work has concluded with the relevant local authorities.


A Reinforcement Of The Government And Fáilte Ireland's Commitment To Growing Tourism

Griffin stated, "The investment awarded to the towns across Ireland reinforces the government and Fáilte Ireland's commitment to growing the tourism sector and the benefits it brings to regions throughout Ireland. I'm delighted to see Fáilte Ireland and the local authorities continuing to work hand-in-glove to ensure towns nationwide can fulfil their tourism potential."

"Boosting The Tourism Appeal Of Destinations Across Ireland"

Meanwhile, Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly commented, "The towns which reap the greatest benefits from tourism and schemes like 'Destination Towns' are those where all local tourism players work together, from local authorities and businesses to the communities themselves, each complementing another's efforts to create a full and appealing offering for their area. A core focus of Fáilte Ireland's work is to drive a greater regional spread of visitors and revenue across the country. Initiatives like our 'Destination Towns' scheme are critical in doing this by boosting the tourism appeal of destinations across Ireland. We're delighted with the support from the local authorities and we would like to thank them for their work in putting forward such compelling cases for investment."

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