Saturday 20 July 2019

Three-day festival to make city a top New Year's destination for tourists

Ambitions: Ciara Sugrue has outlined the plans for the extended festival
Ambitions: Ciara Sugrue has outlined the plans for the extended festival
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Dublin's New Year's Festival could be transformed into a three-day event next year to make the most of tourism opportunities.

Organisers hope the move will further establish the city as a destination for visitors who travel to cities around the world for New Year.

Ciara Sugrue, head of festivals and events with Fáilte Ireland, said: "What we are really trying to do is establish Dublin as a place to visit for New Year's.

"More and more people are now travelling over New Year's and are considering, 'Where can we go?'

"We have just developed a three-year plan going forward to extend the festival over a number of days, so that we can attract more international visitors at this time.

"We have the capacity in our hotels, and the rates are very good at this time of year, so it's a win-win for both the consumer and the visitor and the industry on the ground," she added.

Fáilte Ireland has a target of attracting around 20,000 visitors to Ireland from overseas for the festivities this year.

Meanwhile, the sky over the city is set to be lit up tonight in spectacular fashion to ring in 2019 with a number of events to attract thousands of people into the city centre.

The final touches were being put in place yesterday to prepare a grand stage at Custom House Quay, where a concert will be held.

Boats were also transporting 50 drums to a pontoon being built on the water, with the Custom House as a backdrop, where a DJ will perform alongside drummers.

This evening, the sky over the capital will be lit up by 24,000 kilowatts of power, 80 search lights, 60 lasers, over 500 lights and over one tonne of pyrotechnics.

The first of the ticketed events takes place at 6pm, with a Liffey Lights Midnight Moment matinee show, featuring a laser lights and aqua beam show.

This event will be followed by the 3Countdown concert at 8pm featuring Gavin James, Hudson Taylor, Wild Youth and Inhaler.

The Liffey Lights Midnight Moment show will illuminate the sky from 11.30pm.

Irish Independent

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