Fáilte Ireland is putting in place a focused capital grants scheme to support the development of world-class visitor attractions in the Dublin Region. With €1 million being earmarked for the Dublin's Surprising Stories 2018 initiative, heritage and visitor attractions throughout the capital are being invited to submit their ideas to improve the quality of physical interpretation – audio guides, video, interpretive panels and interactive technology – at their sites. The Dublin’s Surprising Stories 2018 Grants Scheme will provide funding of between €50,000 and €200,000 to operating visitor attractions in Dublin.
Building On "Great Work"
Paul Keeley, Fáilte Ireland’s director of commercial development, commented, “Dublin, like Fáilte Ireland’s other experience brands, is constantly evolving and I welcome this development which seeks to build on all the great work in the region to bring our history alive. The modern tourist wants a more interactive and accessible experience and this scheme will help us to ensure that many of our attractions are even more appealing to tourists.
“If we are to develop brilliant visitor experiences, we need to enhance our existing attractions and bring their stories to life. Emerging technology is creating new ways for visitors to enjoy history and heritage and - combined with rising visitor expectations and international standards for immersive, engaging and interactive experiences – this creates both an opportunity and a need for this kind of development to keep our tourism offering strong.”
The scheme is now seeking expressions of interest from eligible attractions to submit plans for boosting their storytelling capability, in line with Fáilte Ireland’s Toolkit for Storytelling Interpretation.
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