Failte Ireland funding set to help Dublin councils develop tourism

by Dublin Gazette
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Dublin City Council are set to receive funding from Failte Ireland to help develop tourism in the Docklands district.

Funding has been allocated to local authorities across the country as part of the €15.5 million Destination Towns initiative, which was launched earlier this year by the National Tourism Development Authority.

Up to €500,000 per local authority will be allocated in two rounds by Failte Ireland to allow county councils to boost the attractiveness and tourism appeal of towns.

The process of identifying the towns that receive funding commenced in mid-2019 and was led by the local authorities, in consultation with Failte Ireland.

As well as Dublin City Council receiving funding for the Docklands, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will receive funding for Dun Laoghaire, Fingal County Council will receive funding for Skerries, and South Dublin County Council will be given funding to boost the attractiveness of Lucan.

Failte Ireland have said that research showed that attractive towns and cities are motivators for holidaymakers coming to Ireland, with the new scheme providing funding to enhance public spaces such as squares, streetscapes and markets.

This could include spaces for food and craft markets, areas for town centre events and public art displays, as well as orientation and signage to help visitors explore a town’s local heritage.

Paul Kelly, chief executive, Failte Ireland, said: “The towns which reap the greatest benefits from tourism and schemes such as 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.

“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.”

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, said: “Tourism’s importance as an economic driver for Ireland cannot be overstated.

“It sustains 260,000 jobs across the country and generates revenue in communities nationwide.

“Initiatives such as Destination Towns, funded through the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 [strategy], is a great example of how investing in infrastructure can deliver long-term economic benefits for local communities.”

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