Thursday, November 01 12:14:19
Failte Ireland has approved more than E6.7 million in funding for significant tourism projects in the Boyne Valley, Kilkenny and Westport.
Failte Ireland, which determines where tourism capital grants are invested, has allocated the funding under the Tourism Capital Investment Programme.
They include an extensive range of projects in Kilkenny city including a new riverside garden and exhibition centre, while high-tech displays and a virtual Book of Kells will be provided in the Boyne Valley.
And in Westport, funding has been allocated to develop a Cultural Centre in the old Town Hall and provide year-round entertainment and activities.
"This funding proves the Government's ongoing commitment to investing in tourism. It's crucial that we offer top-quality attractions, particularly in areas with a strong tourism base, so that we can compete for tourists in the tough international market. These three projects are very different, but they are all innovative. Each is also tailor-made for its specific area. I'm delighted that Failte Ireland has signed off on these investments," Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar said.