City set to enjoy €10m gift from Winterval
THE Winterval seasonal festival in Waterford is on target to deliver a €10m economic windfall for the city, organisers say.
Two weeks into the second running of the event, the committee said it hopes visitor numbers will reach 500,000 by the end of the month, double the total achieved during the inaugural festival last year.
Winterval features a large number of Christmas-themed events and activities, many of them free, in Waterford's city centre and Viking Triangle.
Chairperson Barry Monaghan described it as "the biggest Christmas festival in the country" and said the work to get the message across the country is paying dividends.
"We had an increase of 43pc in visitor numbers during the first two weekends of Winterval this year and currently for the rest of the festival bookings are up threefold on year one, bearing in mind we had 250,000 visitors then."
The festival continues until December 31.