Sunday 18 August 2019

€150m funding for 'world-class' tourist attractions to rival Titanic museum

Titanic Belfast. Photos: PA
Titanic Belfast. Photos: PA
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

A €150M investment in "transformative" Irish tourist attractions will be the largest of its type undertaken by Fáilte Ireland.

The funding will see grants of €2.5m and upwards awarded to individual projects that "transform the tourism landscape across the country", according to its CEO Paul Kelly.

"We're looking for big hero, signature projects," he said. "There's no maximum investment; we're looking for big projects like Titanic Belfast or the Guinness Storehouse. They could be from scratch, or things that are already in existence, but take a step-change to a whole new level."

Applications are open for grants, with Fáilte Ireland providing up to 75pc of funding for the proposals it deems most likely to attract visitors, create jobs and drive regional revenue.

Developing "world-class attractions... will put Ireland on an even stronger footing in the international marketplace," said Tourism Minister Shane Ross, who launched the 'Platforms for Growth' initiative yesterday.

Interest from both the private sector and community/public groups is expected, with talk focusing on high-tech, "immersive" tourist experiences.

The €150m funding pot is part of a wider Fáilte Ireland capital investment programme developing 50 projects around the country. These range from a €200,000 pontoon in Sligo to hi-tech ventures such as The Vaults in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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